Historic Disasters That Were Way Worse Than People Think

Historic Disasters That Were Way Worse Than People Think

By Khalid Elhassan
Historic Disasters That Were Way Worse Than People Think

When most people think of historic natural disasters, the one that usually first comes to mind is the Vesuvius volcanic eruption of 79 AD, that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum. However, famous and dramatic as that catastrophe was, Vesuvius’ eruption is not even among history’s top 20 worst natural disasters. Indeed, it is not even among history’s top ten most catastrophic volcanic eruptions. Following are forty fascinating but little known things about some of history’s most devastating natural catastrophes.

A flood in Australia, 2019. Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

40. Floods: The Most Dangerous of Natural Disasters

Dramatic natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are usually what most grip the imaginations. The type of violent events that unleash immediate and massive amounts mayhem in a short amount of time.

However, history’s disasters – and by a long shot at that – are a bit more prosaic. Historically, when Mother Nature has put her mind to inflicting the most suffering upon mankind, she has done so not with volcanoes or earthquakes, but with floods. Indeed, as seen below, history’s most tragic flood was caused five times the casualties as the worst recorded earthquake, and over fifty-six times as powerful as the worst volcanic eruption.

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