15 Most Costly Natural Disasters in the United States
Natural disasters seem to be occurring more and more but not only that, they also seem to be wreaking more financial damage than they used to.
Here are the 15 most costly natural disasters in the United States, in terms of financial cost:
Hurricane Katrina – $84 Billion
Katrina was the 6th strongest Atlantic storm ever recorded and caused the deaths of 1,836 people either during the storm or due to the floods that followed.
Hurricane Sandy – $75 Billion
Sandy started in the Caribbean, apart from leaving 149 people dead in the US, also caused the death of at least 67 in the Caribbean and 1 in Canada.
Hurricane Andrew – $25 Billion
Hitting land in Florida, apart from causing 15 deaths, also destroyed 100,000 houses in Dade County.
Northridge Earthquake – $23 Billion
At 4:31 on the morning of Jan. 17th, this quake sounded like a freight train as it destroyed 82,000 buildings and left 57 dead and another 9,000 injured.
Hurricane Ivan – $19 Billion
With winds reaching 150 mph, this storm created waves 100’ tall in the Gulf of Mexico and was responsible for 124 deaths.