When natural disasters occur, we are often left dumbstruck by the power of mother-nature, and the destruction she can cause. We look at the 10 worst natural disasters gauged by the loss of life attributed to each one.
Antioch Earthquake, 526
Loss of life = 250,000 – 300,000
The 526 Antioch earthquake struck the Syria and Antioch region in year 526. Although it has been impossible to find out the exact date, it is thought to have hit between the 20th to 29th May. The quake killed over quarter of a million people. Once the earthquake had finished, a large fire caught hold of the buildings and rubble that were strewn across the city. On the Mercalli intensity scale, the quake was estimated of having a maximum force of between VIII (severe) to IX (violent).