Top Ten Worst Disasters Ever

These disasters were the biggest events that shocked the entire world when they hit.

The Top Ten

1 Boxing Day Tsunami, 2004

This tsunami will be remembered as Mother Nature unleashed creating a massive tsunami that struck 15 countries killing at least 250,000 people and displaced 1.7 million locals. - jordy2603

2 9/11 Terror Attacks, 2001

US drops two nuclear bombs on Japan killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people, including children and no one in the US seems to care about what happened. Some planes fly into the towers killing a handful of people compared to the nukes, all the sudden it's a huge thing for some reason. How in the world can you put this before Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Move this to number one

How can they go and do this to us. I feel horrible for those people who fell like they could have done something to save that person they lost. They might fell like crap, but it isn't your fault. It was that Muslim leader who planned this in the late 1900's.

This isn't natural disaster. It was caused by HUMAN impact...

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3 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 2011

The Japanese Were Hit by two disasters at the same time. What's more than getting killed by drowning or falling to your death?

The earthquake that created a tsunami which smashed into Fukushima power plant created a nuclear radius that killed many people and spread to the western coast of America. At least 18,000 people were killed from other causes such as the actual tsunami or the earthquake - jordy2603

4 Pompeii, 79AD

The Pompeii disaster was Mount Vesuvius blowing it's lid causing a massive ash cloud to hang over the city of Pompeii for a day and a half killing hundreds and preserving the city in hardened ash - jordy2603

5 Hurricane Katrina, 2005

The category 5 storm that smashed into New Orleans is remembered as the event which sparked a start to creating stronger warnings for storms. It also flooded eighty percent of New Orleans cutting off food and water - jordy2603

6 Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945

It's so bad that it's here twice. - 50

7 Krakatoa Volcano, 1883

When it exploded, Krakatoa created a force stronger than an atomic bomb that made a massive tsunami which submerged 100 villages and causing over 36,000 deaths - jordy2603

8 Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombing, 1945

One of the worst crimes against humanity makes the list. The nuclear explosions killed many instantly and affected thousands more with radiation poisoning. - jordy2603

Really one of the worst crimes against humanity? If the war had continued more people would've died.

Truman was really dumb to make that decsion. I think It was one of the WORST PRESIDENTAL DECSIONS EVER! - Andyman234

9 Chernobyl Disaster, 1986

Tons of radioactive materials out of the plant.

April 26, 1986- Ukraine.

10 Bosnian Genocide, 1993-1995

The "ethnic cleansing" policy against Bosnian Muslims during the Bosnian war killed thousands of men, women and children including some women being mass rape victims. - jordy2603

The Contenders

11 Pearl Harbor, 1941

Never forget pearl harbor.

This isn't NATURAL DISASTER. It was caused by HUMAN impact.

12 Great Chilean Earthquake, 1960

The biggest earthquake in history measuring 9.5 killed at least 5,700 including 138 in Japan and 61 in Hawaii. 2 million were left homeless - jordy2603

13 Tri-State Tornado, 1925

This tornado tragically killed 100s of people across three states with no escape. I think we are all very lucky.

14 Sinking of the RMS Titanic, 1912

Those poor people without lifeboats, having to die in the freezing water at night with no hope... -

15 Hurricane Wilma, 2005
16 The Black Death, 1346-1353

Or the 'Great Pestilence ' in 1340's England. Caused by Yersinia Pestis (an organism passed into human blood stream by the bite of fleas endemic in certain species of rats). It wiped out half of England's population within a year. Some historians also believe it was in fact a viral disease which started in Mongolia in 1320's and spread into China and eventually little England. Whatever the real cause of The Black Death, it certainty lived up to its name. Thankfully I was born a few years after and missed it. - Britgirl

This killed an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and peaking in Europe in the years 1346�"1353. - lionsforlife

This. - Disturbedpotato

17 Peshtigo Wildfire, 1871

This wildfire is the worst recorded wildfire in US history that killed an estimated 1,000 people and burnt through millions of miles - jordy2603

18 Sewol Ferry Disaster in South Korea, 2014

Ferry are upside down - SpencerJC

19 San Bernardino WildFires 2016
20 Hurricane Irma, 2017
21 Hindenburg Crash, 1937
22 Hurricane Harvey 2017
23 The Station Nightclub Fire, 2003
24 Hurricane Andrew, 1992
25 Nepal Earthquake, 2015

I was at the the location at the time!

26 California Wildfires 2013
27 Typhoon Haiyan, 2013
28 USA Blizzard, 2016
29 Fort McMurray Wildfire, 2016
30 Ecuador Earthquake 2016
31 Deepwater Horizon Explosion, 2010
32 Everest Disaster 1996
33 Woodstock, 1999
34 Gatlinburg Wildfire, 2016
35 Grenfell Tower Fire 2017
36 Amtrak Sunset Limited, 1993
37 American Airlines Flight 191, 1979
38 Challenger Explosion, 1986
39 Pinatubo Volcano, 1991
40 Hillsbourogh Football Riot 1989

96 liverpool fans died that day and the cameras didn't cut off so you had to watch it

41 Hurricane Maria, 2017
42 The Children's Blizzard, 1888
43 The Great Chicago Fire, 1871
44 China Flood, 1931

It killed 3.7 million people directly and indirectly over the next several months. This was perhaps the worst natural disaster of the 20th century. - lionsforlife

45 Las Vegas Shooting, 2017
46 Hurricane Sandy, 2012
47 Hurricane Florence, 2018
48 Joplin Tornado, 2011

EF5 tornado that was the deadliest in the United States since 1947, killing 161 people and the costliest in world history, causing $2.8 billion in damages. Also destroyed a quarter of all buildings in the city.

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1. 9/11 Terror Attacks, 2001
2. Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945
3. Pompeii, 79AD
1. Boxing Day Tsunami, 2004
2. Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 2011
3. Hurricane Katrina, 2005
1. Boxing Day Tsunami, 2004
2. Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 2011
3. 9/11 Terror Attacks, 2001


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