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Disasters That Have Been Costly In US History

Natural disasters not only disrupt lives of people but also destroy what takes years to build up. Buildings, bridges, roads often account for a huge amount of destruction that society has to pay for natural disasters that ravage different countries. US has suffered several such calamities which have taken billions of US dollars to get the infrastructure back to how it was. For instance, if you take a look at natural disasters that have affected US regions, Hurricane Katrina probably tops the list. It has been one of the costliest disasters so far. If the figures are adjusted for 2010, the damages caused exceeded about $45 billion US dollars. That amount is about twice the amount that was spent to fix the disaster that came with World Trade Center or the Pentagon on 11th September 2001.

Everything considered, out of the costliest disasters that have affected the US, about eight out of ten are hurricanes. Besides the 9/11 attacks, the Northridge earthquake in 1994 also comes in the top ten disasters to have hit the country. Here are some more interesting facts to consider:

Between the hurricanes that have occurred in the US, Hurricane Katrina has been the third worst as per a number of lives lost. There was the Galveston hurricane that occurred on 8th September 1900. This is considered to be the worst that occurred in the country. It had claimed as many as 8000 lives. There had been a tidal surge that also claimed lives during that time.

Among earthquakes, the Northridge, California one that occurred in 1994 was the worst in US history. However, from the point of strength, it was not the strongest. That is because there was an earthquake in 1964 which registered about 9.2 on the Richter scale. This was around Prince William Sound in the Alaskan region.

If you consider floods, the 1927 flood in Mississippi was the worst. The flooding that occurred affecting about seven states, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Louisiana. As a result, the effects on disaster management were palpable on the nation as well.