The Worst Natural Disasters in Recent History

Mother Nature's unleashed a devastating series of disasters -- here are some of the worst, and how to help (12 Photos)

Heather M. Graham on Mar 23, 2011 at 7:27PM

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The Worst Natural Disasters in Recent History

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Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck northeastern Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011, leaving more than 9,000 dead and at least 10,000 others missing, causing billions of dollars in damage and triggering the possibility of a nuclear meltdown. To make matters worse, there are reports that radiation leaks from damaged nuclear reactors have now tainted Japanese produce, milk, and even tap water in Tokyo. The American Red Cross, UNICEF and International Medical Corps have all launched relief efforts.


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