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  • TOP TEN NATURAL DISASTERS

TOP TEN NATURAL DISASTERS FACTS

  • Millions of earthquakes occur worldwide every year.

  • The Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 killed more people than World War One, estimates range up to 100 million.

  • There are about 500 active volcanoes worldwide – on average, there is a volcanic eruption once a week.

  • Over the last 500 years, it is thought that at leaset 200,000 people have died as a result of volcanic eruptions.

  • 5 million tons of debris was washed into the ocean by the Japanese tsunami in 2011. It is thought that 1.5 million tons of the debris is still floating.

  • After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, 80% of New Orleans was under water.

  • The Eyjafjallajökull eruption of 2010 caused the largest closure of European air space since World War Two.

  • Tornadoes have been recorded on every continent, except Antarctica.

  • If all the viruses on earth were laid out in a line, they would stretch for 100 million light years.

  • When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it generated the loudest sound ever recorded.
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