This week's tornadoes that flattened entire neighborhoods in Oklahoma, and elsewhere in the United States Midwest, remind us again of the potential magnitude of nature's wrath.
In 1931, the great flood of China's Yellow and Yang-Tse rivers led to the death of about 4,000,000 people from drowning, disease and starvation. More recently, Haiti suffered a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed around 316,000.
The website disaster-report.com regularly updates data gathered from around the world by those responsible for preventing and assessing damages from natural disasters. Using this data, we have mapped the 10 deadliest disasters over the past 12 months.