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WORST DISASTERS

The following are some of the worst natural disasters of the past 100 years:

August 1931 - Flooding of China’s Huang He River - 3.7 million killed

Nov. 13, 1970 - Cyclone in Bangladesh - 300,000 killed

July 28, 1976 - Earthquake in China’s Hebei province - 242,000 killed

Dec. 16, 1920 - Earthquake in Ningxia, China - 235,000 killed

Dec. 26, 2004 - Tsunami in the Indian Ocean - 220,000 killed

May 22, 1927 - Earthquake in China’s Nanshan province - 200,000 killed

Sept. 1, 1923 - Earthquake and fire in Yokohama, Japan - 140,000 killed

Dec. 28, 1908 - Earthquake and tidal wave in Messina, Italy - 83,000 killed

May 31, 1970 - Earthquake and avalanche at Mount Huascaran, Peru - 66,800 killed

Dec. 26, 2003 - Earthquake at Bam, Iran - 32,000 killed

Sources: World Almanac, World Book Encyclopedia, Agence France-Presse