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According to GRID-Arendal, an official United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), growing population and infrastructures the world’s exposure to natural hazards is inevitably increasing.

This is particularly true as the strongest population growth is located in coastal areas (with greater exposure to floods, cyclones and tidal waves). To make matters worse any land remaining available for urban growth is generally risk-prone, for instance flood plains or steep slopes subject to landslides.

The 10 Worst Disasters of the Last Century

1906: San Francisco Earthquake Fire. When a magnitude 7.8 quake rumbled from the San Andreas Fault to the working-class center of town, continuous explosions formed a lurid tower of smoke throughout the city..

1910: The Big Burn A rainless summer, bizarre winds and sudden lightning merged hundreds of fires into a great inferno, leaving firefighters to fend off the Big Blowup with buckets of water and their bare hands...

1918: Spanish Flu Pandemic More deadly than the World War unfolding alongside it, the virus wiped out America's young and healthy and, by the time our troops had carried it across the pond, took out 50 million people worldwide...

1925: Tri-State Tornado The longest, deadliest twister in American history whipped through four states, flattening 15,000 homes and killing nearly 700 people - 243 in one town alone...

1938: The New England Hurricane With weather radar and satellite technology still decades away, 120-mph winds and two-story-tall waves whipped vulnerable northern cities with equal fury...

1964: The Great Alaskan Earthquake The magnitude 9.2 quake was just the start of it. Underwater landslides gave way to several local tsunamis that destroyed coastlines from British Columbia to California...

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