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07 June 2010

Great disasters of the last century

Was the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia one of the great disasters of the last 100 years, or were there others that were as bad, or even worse?

When the tsunami struck Southeast Asia recently, it was estimated that up to 145 000 people lost their lives. Was this one of the great disasters of the last 100 years, or have there been others that were even worse?

But then the population is also much higher now than it used to be. A flood or an earthquake of the same magnitude that killed 50 people a century ago, might now kill 500 people in the same area.

 
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