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natural disasters
The Tsunami that struck South Asia has highlighted the great loss of life and property that natural disasters can cause. Experts say that floods cause more deaths around the world each year than any other natural act. The world has seen relatively few tsunamis.
The last reported tsunami occured in 1998, when a giant wave hit Papua New Guinea. About 2,000 were killed. 1883 was the last year when a tsunami caused deaths in the thousands.
A look at ten of the world's worst natural disasters in the last 100 years.

 

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