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Question:
Which natural disasters cause the most human deaths?
Are there any countries that get just about every type of disaster?
What is the worst disaster to mankind?



Replies:
Probably the worst disasters worldwide have occurred with tropical storms (hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones) especially in southeast Asia. The storms and their associated storm surge and flooding rains have killed hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh. To answer your second question, the United States has strong earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, blizzards, hurricanes, thunderstorms and tornadoes. In fact tornadoes are more frequent and more violent in the central United States than any place else in the world. Which is the worst depends on how you look at the statistics. The worst natural disaster in United States history was a hurricane that killed 6000 people in Galveston, Texas in 1900.

However, satellite, radar, advanced forecasting techniques and high speed telecommunications have prevented those kinds of casualties in even the most powerful hurricanes in the United States in recent times. The worst tornado ever was the Tri-state tornado of March 1925. It killed 695 people in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. But the number of tornado fatalities has been steadily declining in the last few decades due to better forecasting and faster communications. Lightning was the number one killer in the United States for many years but in the last 20 years flooding has become the worst weather related killer.

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