The worst natural disasters of 2016

California earthquake

The year 2016 has been a year in which natural disasters have been one of the main protagonists. Hurricane Matthew, the earthquake in Italy, the wildfires in California ... All of them have claimed the lives of thousands of people and caused many significant material damage. in all affected areas.

Now that the year is about to end, let's review what have been the worst natural disasters of 2016.

Earthquake in Taiwan

Taiwan earthquake

The year started badly in Taiwán. There, in February, an earthquake measuring 6,4 on the Richter scale killed 26 people, and more than 258 had to be rescued.

Floods in Pakistan



In April heavy and copious rains caused many problems for Pakistan, a country where floods are a common disaster. This year, 92 people died, 23 of them as a consequence of landslides. Most of the victims were registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Wildfires in California

Fire in california

Image - AP

In California fires are relatively frequent phenomena, but this year has been especially serious. In June a fire spread over 100 hectares on Erksine Creek Road, and more than XNUMX houses were destroyed. A month later, in August, there was another fire that razed more than 14.550 hectares, forcing the evacuation of more than 82 thousand people.

Earthquake in Italy

Earthquake in italy

Image - AP

In August a strong earthquake measuring 6,2 on the Richter scale shook central Italy, near the town of Accumoli. Caused at least 247 deaths, and about 400 were injured.

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

Haiti after the passage of Matthew. Image - Reuters

El Hurricane Matthew it was the most devastating of the Atlantic hurricane season this year. It reached category 5, with winds of up to 260km / h, and killed 1655 people, 1600 only in Haiti.

Natural disasters are always going to happen. You can only adapt as best you can.

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