Name That Natural Disaster
In 2011, this event off the coast of Japan caused a tsunami that ultimately ended in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. What was it?
- After this huge 9.0 magnitude earthquake, a tsunami reaching 133 feet high swept up to 6 miles onto Japan's coast. It also triggered a series of events that ended in radioactive material being released from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
In 2010, which country was affected by an incredibly devastating earthquake that was made even worse by the lack of political and economic stability to assist in the after-effects?
- This earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale was one of the most devastating in recent history, leading to widespread loss of life and millions of people displaced.
During a period of excessive rainfall in China in 1931, a series of terrible floods wrecked the countryside as the Yangtze River overflowed. What was this disaster called?
- Between the rains, melting snow, and several storms, Central China was swamped by floodwaters in 1931 which led to lasting devastation, including famine and disease.
What was the name of the hurricane to hit both Dominica and Puerto Rico in 2017?
- The hurricane arrived on the shores of Dominica as a Category 5 and then hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4, leaving destruction in its wake and destroying a lot of the countries' power infrastructures.
In 2013 a Category 5 typhoon hit the Philippines, ripping through the area with winds of around 200 miles per hour. What was this "super typhoon" called?
- Typhoon Haiyan was, at the time, the strongest cyclone recorded in the area, producing storm surges that continued to devastate the Philippines even after the winds dissipated.
What was the name of the storm that hit the US in 1900, recorded as the deadliest hurricane to hit the country?
- Back in 1900, the most devastating and deadly hurricane made landfall in the United States and tore through Texas, leaving between 8 and 12 thousand people dead.
What was the name of the earthquake to rock Northeast China in 1976, leaving thousands dead, displaced, and with their property destroyed?
- In July of 1976, the Tangshan Earthquake was measured at a whopping 8.3 magnitude and ravaged the industrial city of Tangshan.
In 1815, a volcanic eruption in modern-day Indonesia caused thousands of deaths, agricultural devastation, famine, disease, and a volcanic winter that blocked the sun for an entire summer. What was the volcano called?
- Known as the Year Without a Summer, this volcanic eruption was one of the worst in over 1000 years and the ash produced even affected summer temperatures in Europe, causing them to plummet by around 1°F.
What was the name of one of the most infamous hurricanes to hit the United States in 2005, causing massive destruction in New Orleans and its environs?
- Hurricane Katrina is a well-known natural disaster, taking the lives of around 1,800 people and destroying billions of dollars worth of property and infrastructure.
Measuring as a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale, what was the name of this storm to devastate modern Bangladesh in 1970 with winds of up to 130 miles per hour and a 35-foot storm surge?
- With massive destruction, flooding, and famine, the Bhola Cyclone left behind a death toll in the hundreds of thousands and lasting effects for survivors across the country.