Most natural calamities occur on a large-scale which is why they are terrifying. The following are the worst of the worst that have taken place over the years.
1. Typhoon Tip
This natural calamity took place in October, 1979 and took over 99 lives. On this day, the air pressure at sea level was as low as 870 mbars. It destroyed 8 ships and broke a massive freighter in half. This was the largest cyclone ever recorded.
2. The Limnic Eruption in Lake Nyos
Lake Nyos is about 682 feet deep and has a magma chamber which releases vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the water which soon turns into carbonic acid. The lake erupted in 1986 and a gigantic carbon dioxide cloud was released into the air. It entered several clusters of villages and killed bout 1,800 people.
3. Earthquake in Chile
This earthquake took place in 1960 in Chile and over 6,000 people lost their lives. Many others were saved because the authorities prepared them for the natural calamity. Unfortunately, about half of the houses in the country were thrown into the air.
4. The Heat Wave in Europe
Because Europe is not used to hot summers, heat wave in 2003 killed about 14,802 people. The harsh temperature triggered off a number of forest fires in Portugal because of which 2,000 people were killed. Germany saw over 250 deaths, 140 people died in Spain and over 1,400 in the Netherlands.
5. Massive Storm
This cyclone lasted for an entire day and it was massive enough to throw the weather off balance. Birmingham and West Virginia were covered with 16 inches and 3.5 feet of snow respectively. Over 250 people froze to death and trees fell all over the place because of extremely strong winds.