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List of disasters

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This is a list of world disasters, both natural and man-made.

A disaster is a natural or man-made event that negatively affects life, property, livelihood or industry often resulting in permanent changes to human societies, ecosystems and environment. Disasters manifest as hazards exacerbating vulnerable conditions and exceeding individuals' and communities' means to survive and thrive. Most of the catastrophic disasters listed in this article have occured at a specific non-enduring time in history rather than a longer time-period (e.g. this excludes entire long-lasting wars while including specific events during wars).

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Natural disasters

Prehistoric disasters

Classical antiquity disasters

Modern natural disasters

Transportation disasters

Air disasters

This is a list of disasters involving objects in flight or near-flight. See also: List of space disasters, Accidents and incidents in aviation

Rail disasters


See also: List of rail accidents

Ship and ferry disasters

See also: List of shipwrecks

Road disasters

Other man-made disasters

Nuclear disasters

War disasters

An attack with much collateral damage may be considered a disaster, such as the attack on KdF Ship Wilhelm Gustloff, 1945, the worst or perhaps second worst maritime incident in history (after Cap Arcona in two vessels), in terms of loss of life in a single vessel (see also note at the end of the article RMS Titanic).

Dam disasters

Environmental disasters

Mining disasters

Explosion disasters

Fire disasters

Main article: List of historic fires

Miscellaneous

Causes of hypothetical future disasters

See also

pt:Lista dos maiores desastres naturais uk:Список катастроф

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