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Deadly Natural Disasters Of The Past Decade

November 12, 2013

By The Associated Press

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Typhoon Haiyan is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people in the Philippines. Here are the natural disasters in the last decade that had higher death tolls:

- March 11, 2011: A magnitude-9.0 earthquake off northeastern Japan causes a tsunami that sweeps onto the coast. About 19,000 people are killed and three nuclear reactors melt at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

- Jan. 12, 2010: A 7.0 earthquake devastates Haiti`s capital and surrounding cities, killing 314,000 people.

- May 12, 2008: A 7.9 temblor in China`s Sichuan province kills 87,000 people. A disproportionate number of them were children killed when their shoddily built schools collapsed.

- May 2, 2008: The storm surge from Cyclone Nargis washes up densely populated areas around the Irrawaddy River delta in Myanmar, washing away whole farming villages. Around 138,000 people died.

- Oct. 8, 2005: A 7.6 earthquake kills about 80,000 people in northwestern Pakistan and Kashmir.

- Dec. 26, 2004: A 9.1 earthquake off western Indonesia triggers a tsunami in the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

- Dec. 26, 2003: A 6.6 earthquake flattens the historic city of Bam in southeastern Iran, and some 26,000 people are killed.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story image: Super Typhoon Haiyan approaches the Philippines on Nov. 7, 2013.

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