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most expensive natural disasters

an earthquake is nothing we can love. no price is worth putting on a human life, but this article is not about that. we’re talking about total damage costs. so, let’s find out which natural disasters caused the most expensive expenditure.


#5 Sichuan earthquake, China – $29 billion

Sichuan earthquake took place in May 12, 2008 & measured 8.0 magnitude. this deadly earthquake occured at 02:28:01 PM, & took 69.195 human lives, with 18.392 missing. also known as the Wenchuan earthquake, it was felt in nearby countries. total damage cost is $29 billion.

Sichuan earthquake, China

Sichuan earthquake, China

#4 Northridge earthquake, California, USA – $42 billion

on January 17, 1994, the Northridge earthquake striked at 04:31Pacific Standard Time in North – Central San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California. with a duration of almost 10 – 20 seconds, the earthquake made damages totalling $42 billion. 33 people died imediately & many others died from indirect causes, like stress etc. almost 8.700 were injured & 1.600 needed hospitalization. more than 25.000 people were left homeless.

Northridge earthquake, California, USA

Northridge earthquake, California, USA 

#3 Hurricane Katrina, USA – $81 billion

the deadliest & most destructive hurricane ever! on August 23, 2005, Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas, crossing southern Florida. rainfall exceeded 14 inches in Homestead, Florida & in Monroe County a storm was measured of 3 – 5 feet. there was a total of 1.836 deaths, 135 missing. most of the deaths were in Louisiana (1.577), Mississippi (238) & Florida (14). then 2 deaths in Alabama, 2 in Georgia, 1 in Kenthucky & 2 in Ohio. the total damage was estimated at $81 billion.

Hurricane Katrina, USA

Hurricane Katrina, USA

#2 Kobe earthquake, Japan – $100 billion

Kobe earthquake or also known as the Great Hanshin earthquake occured on January 17, 1995 in the southern part of Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. the earthquake measured 6.8 magnitude & killed 6.434 people. it caused almost $100 billion damage.

Kobe earthquake, Japan

Kobe earthquake, Japan

#1 Tohoku earthquake & tsunami, Japan – $235 billion

this is our #1 from the world’s most expensive natural disasters top list. this natural disaster took place in 2011 & some of you may know it as the Great East Japan Earthquake, the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, or the 3.11 Earthquake. it measured a 9.0 magnitude & it’s the 5th most poweful earthquake in the world. & since when a problem never comes alone, the Tohoku earthquake triffered tsunami waves with 133 feat (40.5 meters) height in Miyako. statistics are : 15.883 deaths, 6.150 injured, 2.643 people missing, 129.225 totally collapsed buildings, 254.204 half collapsed buildings & 691.766 buildings partially damaged. total damage cost is $235 billion, so yeah, we can say that this is the most expensive natural disaster in the world.

Tohoku earthquake & tsunami, Japan

Tohoku earthquake & tsunami, Japan



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