10 costliest natural disasters

Since 1980, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, floods and other disasters have done more than a half-trillion dollars' damage in the United States. Here's a review of the 10 biggest.
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Aug 22, 2012 9:03AM
Heat wave and drought in 1980? All the pinkos back then claimed global cooling was taking place because all of the particles floating in the air were blocking sunlight. I sure wish they can figure out something and stick to it.
Aug 22, 2012 4:59AM
Meaningless numbers if you don't adjust for inflation.  A hurricane in Galveston and the San Francisco Earthquake in the early 1900s would surely beat most of these if you did that,

I have lived through two major hurricanes and many smaller (Cat 3 or under) and I have nothing but sympathy for anyone who has to go through that.
Aug 22, 2012 10:50AM
I also noticed that two droughts, in 1980 and 1988, were high on the list.  I am 71 years old, residing in Texas and recall a long period of drought in th 1950s.  I don't believe those were attributed to "global warming"  or "climate change".  My parents survived the dust bowl era.  Looks to me like the weather follows cyclical patterns.
Aug 22, 2012 10:51AM
hey they didn't include president Obama!!!
Aug 22, 2012 6:51AM
Oh yes the wonderful enviroment that we have so many costly regulations in place to protect! But yet  good ol' mother nature can destroy parts of the earth that man , no matter how hard we try cannot match her destruction.
Aug 22, 2012 11:01AM
Interesting that the top 10 worst disasters don't even come close to costing as much as the "bank bailout"  that our "leaders" cost the American public.  We have too many politicians and not enough statesmen/women in this country.
Aug 22, 2012 9:15AM

Galveston Hurricane of 1900 would have them all beat if inflation was a factor. 


As for Katrina, New Orleans was not the hardest hit area.  Mississippi and Alabama coast was destroyed even more.  You just get to see New Orleans because of a wall busting and flooding a couple neighborhoods.

Aug 22, 2012 5:46AM
If the numbers were adjusted to toady's money values, inflation as stated below me, than the 1906 San Francisco earthquake EASILY tops the list, or at least top 3, in terms of monetary disaster..... The whole city was shaken and than burned down.... only compares to hurricane Katrina which almost wiped out New Orleans....  I lived thru the number 3 disaster on here.... the Northridge Earthquake.... if you have never experienced an earthquake you have no idea...
Aug 22, 2012 9:14AM
How could Hurricane Camille not be on this list?
Aug 22, 2012 10:20AM
Did you notice?  6 of the disasters were hurricanes, & 4 of those occurred during the catastrophic 2004 & 2005 hurricane seasons.  I wonder if our descendents will call 2004 year one of our slide into collapse?
Aug 22, 2012 8:00AM
Aug 22, 2012 12:27PM

re costly natural disasters since  1980, where does the eruption of Mt. St. Helen place?


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