20 Amazing Photos of Natural Disasters
1Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, 2010 (Iceland)
2A Landslide Closed Highway 1 in California, 2011 (US)
3A Massive River of Lava Flowing into the Ocean Shortly Before Dawn (US)
One pre-contact eruption in particular, a dramatic event in 1790, formed the volcano's present day caldera and was responsible for the death of a party of warriors, part of the army of Keōua Kuahuʻula, the last island chief to resist Kamehameha I's rule. Their death is evidenced by a set of footprints preserved within Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kilauea has been the site of 61 separate eruptions since 1823, easily making it one of the most active volcanoes on Earth.
Photo by Miles Morgan
4Undersea Volcano in Tonga, 2009 ( Polynesian)
Four days after the start of the eruption a strong earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale also struck the region. There has been no corroboration of a direct link connecting the volcanic eruption and earthquake.
Photo by Lothar Slabon
5A Volcano Erupting During Storms in the Middle of the Night, 2008 (Chile)
6Running From The Tsunami, 2004 (Indonesia)
The earthquake was caused when the Indian Plate was subducted by the Burma Plate and triggered a series of destructive tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people in fourteen countries and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 98 ft. high.
The Sumatra–Andaman Tsunami was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Indonesia was the hardest-hit country, followed by Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.
7Hurricane Force Winds, 2012 (US)
Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. At least 286 people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries.
In Jamaica, winds left 70% of residents without electricity, blew roofs off buildings, killed one person, and caused about $100 million (2012 USD) in damage. In Haiti, Sandy's outer bands brought flooding that killed at least 54 people, caused food shortages, and left about 200,000 homeless. In the Dominican Republic, two died. In Puerto Rico, one man was swept away by a swollen river. In Cuba, there was extensive coastal flooding and wind damage inland, destroying some 15,000 homes, killing 11, and causing $2 billion (2012 USD) in damage. In The Bahamas, two died amid an estimated $700 million (2012 USD) in damage. In Canada, two were killed in Ontario and an estimated $100 million (2012 CAD) in damage was caused throughout Ontario and Quebec.
8Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 (US)
9The Largest And Deadliest Wildfires in California (US)
The fires burned more than 336,020 acres of land from the beginning of July through late November following red flag warnings, destroying hundreds of structures and killing two people.
The Station Fire north of Los Angeles was the largest and deadliest of these wildfires, burning 160,577 acres and killing two firefighters.
10Amazing View of Alabama's Tornado, 2011 (US)
Meteorologists in Alabama say that 35 tornadoes blew across the state in one week, killing 236 people.
11A House Drifting On The Ocean, 2011 (Japan)
Given the situation, ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Strike Group provided humanitarian assistance off the coast of Japan.
This U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord was taken in the Pacific Ocean near Sendai, Japan on March 13, 2011.
12Mobilizing in the Middle of the City by Boat, 2005 (US)
Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 and crossed southern Florida as a moderate hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico.
On Monday morning, August 29, in southeast Louisiana, Katrina caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge.
The highest death toll occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana. Eventually, 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the flood waters lingered for weeks. However, the worst property damage occurred in coastal areas, including all Mississippi beachfront towns which were over 90% flooded in a matter of hours, causing boats and casino barges to ram buildings, pushing cars and houses inland, and forcing water 6–12 miles from the beach.
13A Huge Crack in the Highway After an Earthquake, 2012 (Philippines)
Rescuers dug with picks and shovels trying to reach dozens of people trapped under houses that collapsed.
14Buildings Collapsed After an Earthquake, 2010 (Haiti)
The earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, and other settlements in the region. Many notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly building, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail. The government of Haiti estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings collapsed or were severely damaged.
Image by Jean-Claude Coutausse
15A Young Man Marooned by Flood Waters Seen from a Helicopter, 2010 (Pakistan)
Photo by Stringer
16Ash Clouds Above The Buang Valley on The Upper Ridge of the Mayon Volcano, 1984 (Philippines)
17Monsoon Rain on The Januma River, 2006 (India)
Those floods and landslides in northern India killed at least 1,000 people, with thousands more missing. Also, the floods destroyed roads, bridges, electrical poles, and communication networks.
About 800 pilgrims sought refuge in the stone temple, which was built in the eighth century and stands 11,759 feet above sea level. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. That's the irony of life, right?
18Supercell Thunderstorm in Montana, 2010 (US)
19Double Cyclone, 2006 (Iceland)
20Lightning Storm in Roswell, New Mexico, 2010 (US)
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