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List of wars and disasters by death toll

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A death toll is the number of dead as a result of war, violence, accident, natural disaster, extreme weather, or disease.

Below is a list of death tolls for various infamous incidents. Most numbers are estimates and are often in dispute. The incidents are ranked by the highest estimate given.

Some events overlap categories.
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Deaths caused by humans

War and military action

These figures include deaths of civilians from disease, famine and atrocities as well as deaths of soldiers in battle.

Individual battles and sieges

Genocide and Democide

Individual massacres, air raids, and concentration camps

Terrorism

Note that any number of individual non-noteworthy attacks by various groups are not listed here. Generally these have been in the low to mid tens of deaths. Also note that Terrorism can be considered a point of view. Some people, for example, may consider the American Revolution, French Revolution, and the numerous Civil Wars as acts of terrorism. The following is a list of acts that have little to no dispute as to their being terrorist attacks.

Murder (other than through terrorism)

Religious sacrifice

Riot or political demonstration

Deaths caused by natural disasters

Earthquake

Extreme weather

Hurricane and cyclone

Tsunami

Volcanic eruption

A supervolcano that erupted at Lake Toba 74,000 years ago is thought to have reduced the global modern human population to less than 10 thousand individuals; see Toba catastrophe theory.

Contractible disease

Famine

some of these famines may be partially or completely caused by humans

Death from other causes

Fire


See also List of historic fires

Explosion

not including bombings and mine disasters

Coal mine disasters

Aviation

Maritime

Wartime ship disasters

Peacetime ship disasters

Space travel

See also List of space disasters

Sporting events

Industrial accidents

Other accidents

Nuclear accidents

See List of nuclear accidents

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