From Hurricane Katrina to the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, a fascinating look at the most devastating natural disasters of the 21st century:
Devastating Natural Disasters: The Haitian Earthquake, Haiti, 2010
In January 2010, one of the worst earthquakes ever recorded in history hit Haiti. The earthquake that struck west of the capital, Port-Au-Prince, measured 7.0 on the Richter scale with 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater. It is estimated that 230,000 people died, 300,000 people were injured, and over one million were made homeless in one of history’s most devastating natural disasters. The destruction spread throughout the region, destroying a quarter of a million homes and 30,000 other buildings.
The Most Devastating Natural Disasters: Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004
In the early morning of December 26, 2004, an earthquake struck on the Pacific sea floor, 150 miles off the west coast of the Indonesian island Sumatra. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake quickly gave rise to a tsunami that within hours of the initial earthquake, hit the shorelines of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and the Maldives.
The waves, reaching 30 feet high, and racing at the speed of a jet aircraft, engulfed the coastal regions and killed more than 230,000 people and displacing millions more.