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A natural disaster might be caused by earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruption, landslide, hurricanes etc. The plague of justinian, an epidemic that afflicted the eastern roman empire, claimed nearly 10,00,00,000 lives. Whether your state has witnessed terrible tragedies or is prone to earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes or other types of natural disasters, there is no state that is immune to a certain amount of misfortune. Eric chaline the world we live in is usually benign and forgiving, but on numerous occasions over the course of history it has also provided us with a reminder of the precarious nature of our existence. The chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties. This disaster rocked the eastern mediterranean and killed over 1. Most natural disasters hit us when we least expect. All 271 people on board and two on the ground were killed in what remains americas worst aviation disaster.
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