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The Worst Natural Disasters Quiz
by Staff
Nature may have a maternal reputation, but she is also one mother you don't want to mess with. Join us while we learn about the floods, droughts, twisters, quakes and fires that have been the most deadly, destructive and bizarre.

What natural disaster killed tens of thousands in Peru in 1970?

  • earthquake
  • avalanche
  • both

How fast did the avalanche travel?

  • 90-110 miles per hour (145-177 kilometers per hour)
  • 130-175 miles per hour
  • 300 miles per hour

Where did a four-year drought come to an end with a catastrophic blizzard in 1972?

  • Kansas
  • Iran
  • Afghanistan

Flooding in Vietnam in 1971 caused how many deaths?

  • 10,000
  • 50,000
  • 100,000

The 1970 Bhola cyclone struck where?

  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon

An estimated how many Bangladeshis were killed in the storm?

  • 50,000-100,000
  • 100,000-300,000
  • 300,000-500,000

What was one result of the response and conditions after the storm in Bangladesh?

  • a better health care system
  • the Bangladeshi war for independence
  • more funding of weather balloons

When was the deadliest earthquake ever recorded?

  • 1556
  • 1817
  • 1922

How many people died in the 1556 earthquake?

  • 650,000
  • 450,000
  • 830,000

What was the estimated magnitude of the 1556 earthquake?

  • magnitude 7.3
  • magnitude 9.7
  • magnitude 8

What natural disaster happened in 2003 and resulted in 20,000 deaths?

  • an Indonesian tsunami
  • a European heat wave
  • a plague of locusts in the United States

Fifteen thousand people died from the heat in what country?

  • the U.K.
  • France
  • Spain

The 1839 Coringa Cyclone destroyed the port city in India with an inundating wave of what height?

  • 32 feet (10 meters)
  • 89 feet
  • 40 feet

What is a limnic eruption?

  • an eruption in a lake
  • a volcano erupting without any warning
  • an earthquake on the surface of the earth

In 1986, Lake Nyos in Cameroon had a limnic eruption. How many people died?

  • 9,000
  • 12
  • 1,746

What else happened during the limnic eruption?

  • the lake burst into a fountain 300 feet (91 meters) high
  • the earth cracked
  • a lava flow

A 1999 storm and flash flooding in Brazil resulted in what other natural disaster that claimed the lives of 30,000 people?

  • fires
  • landslides
  • avalanches

While 30,000 is generally cited as the number of deaths in the Brazil storm, how many bodies were recovered?

  • 10,000
  • 1,000
  • 15,000

Where was the world's deadliest recorded tornado?

  • Taiwan
  • the central United States
  • Bangladesh

How many people were killed in the Daulatpur-Saturia tornado?

  • 580
  • 1,300
  • 12,000

Where did a significant tsunami occur in 365 C.E.?

  • Morocco
  • Italy
  • Crete, Greece

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake caused a tsunami how high?

  • 30 feet (9 meters)
  • 50 feet
  • 100 feet

How many people were killed in the 2004 tsunamis?

  • 48,000
  • 230,000
  • 1 million

What other effects were caused by the 2004 earthquake and tsunami?

  • The entire world vibrated a centimeter.
  • The planet warmed.
  • The planet cooled.

How powerful was the earthquake?

  • The energy released was comparable to a 100-gigaton bomb.
  • a magnitude 8.8
  • not that powerful

When Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, what was an unexpected effect?

  • Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein."
  • extremely cold temperatures and odd weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere
  • both

How many people died in the eruption of Tambora?

  • 12,000
  • 70,000
  • 100,000

How many people did the Peshtigo fire in Wisconsin kill?

  • 789
  • 456
  • 1,500-2,500

What is one reason the Peshtigo fire spread so rapidly?

  • lightning strikes
  • Clear-cut lands became tinder.
  • no hoses for spraying water

The horror of the Peshtigo fire was overshadowed by what event that happened the same night in 1871?

  • the Great Chicago Fire
  • the Hindenburg crash
  • the Great Atlanta Fire