- Between 2000 and 2012, natural disasters caused $1.7 trillion in damage and affected 2.9 billion people.
- Worldwide in 2011, there were 154 floods, 16 droughts, and 15 cases of extreme temperature.
- 2012 marked the third consecutive year of worldwide natural disaster damage exceeding $100 billion. 2011 reached a record high of $371 billion.
- 1.1 million people were killed by natural disasters between 2000 and 2012.
- Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 90 percent of all U.S. natural disasters declared by the President involve some sort of flooding.
- Earthquakes are disasters that cause associated destruction of man-made structures and instigate other natural disasters such as tsunamis, avalanches, and landslides.
- In 2012 there were 905 natural catastrophes worldwide including severe storms, droughts, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, hail storms, typhoons, wildfires, and hurricanes.
- Nearly 50 percent of the fatalities caused by natural disasters in 2012 were due to hydrological events like flooding or mass movements.
- Hurricanes are large, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 miles an hour and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day. Hurricanes can be coupled with storm surges and severe flooding.
- Damage paths of tornadoes can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.
- Landslides often accompany earthquakes, floods, storm surges, hurricanes, wildfires, or volcanic activity. They are often more damaging and deadly than the triggering event.
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Sources: UNISDR, Munichre