Natural disasters remind us that we live at the will of mother nature. Just when we think we have it all figured out, a natural disaster can bring us to our knees and change life as we once knew it. From deadly ‘quakes to catastrophic hurricanes, here’s a look at the worst natural disasters in modern history.
The Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, 2004
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On December 26, 2004, a 9.3 magnitude earthquake occurred under water off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Although the earthquake lasted just 10 seconds, it created a tsunami that hit the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South India, and Thailand.
The natural disaster killed upwards of 229,000 people in a total of 14 countries. There was even a death recorded at Port Elizabeth in South Africa over 8,000 miles away from the epicenter. In the hardest-hit countries, waves were recorded at over 100-feet high. It is noted as one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history.