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Stats of our lives: The rising cost of disaster

The rising cost of disaster — and more in our collection of surprising facts and figures

$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