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The rising cost of disaster
The rising cost of disaster — and more in our collection of surprising facts and figures
 
A Japanese soldier directs traffic in front of a leisure boat sitting on top of a house in the tsunami-devastated coastal town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan on 06 April 2011. Dennis M. Sabangan/CORBIS

$210 billion
Total damages caused by the 2011 Japan earthquake, making it the costliest natural disaster on record

$125 billion
Total damages caused by Hurricane Katrina, the biggest disaster of 2005 and the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history

Source: The Washington Post

 

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