It's hard to put a price on the lives, homes and irreplaceable historic sites that can be destroyed in natural disasters. But multibillion-dollar price tags can give you a sense of how much damage an earthquake or tsunami caused. Test your history knowledge and see if you know the financial impact of these disasters.
What's the estimated cost of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China?
The Superstorm of 1993 was actually the combined force of three separate weather patterns colliding. The storm created dangerous conditions that shut down the U.S. East Coast. What is the estimated cost of the damage?
Iowa, a major producer of corn and soy beans, lost a large portion of its crops to flooding in 2008. How valuable were the destroyed crops?
Hurricane Andrew ripped across Florida and Louisiana with tremendous wind speed. How much did the 1992 hurricane cost the United States?
Australia faced its worst bushfires in Victoria at the start of 2009. More than 865,000 acres of land were destroyed, and more than 4,000 people were left homeless, according to a Bloomberg report. What is the estimated cost of these fires?
In 1995 Kobe, Japan, endured an earthquake that measured 7.2 on the Richter scale. Elevated highways and entire apartment buildings collapsed. How much did it cost Japan to repair the damages?
more than $50 billion
more than $75 billion
more than $100 billion
When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, it flattened its surroundings and caused ashy rain from the West Coast to Oklahoma. How much damage did this famous volcano cause?
The 1908 San Francisco earthquake leveled the city and caused disastrous fires. A 2006 study reports the earthquake would cost how much in the 2006 economy?
more than $70 billion
more than $120 billion
more than $180 billion
The 2004 tsunami destroyed the lives of thousands in Indonesia and caused billions of dollars in damage. The Indonesian territory Aceh incurred how many billions of dollars in damage?
Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans and surrounding areas in 2005. Cost estimates are still in the works, but what price tag does Fox News Network put on the damage?