The decade's deadliest natural disasters

Earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones took hundreds of thousands of lives

By Lindsay Abrams

Published November 12, 2013 10:08PM (EST)

How do you quantify a natural disaster on the scale of something like Typhoon Haiyan, which is being called one of the most powerful storms ever recorded?

Initial fears of the storm's death toll exceeding 10,000 have been revised down, and the Philippine president now believes the lives lost number somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500. So far, 1,774 bodies have been counted, but as authorities have not yet been able to reach about 39 cities and towns, it may be some time yet before a final figure is released.

To put this one aspect of the disaster in perspective, the Associated Press compiled a list of natural disasters that, in the past decade alone, each claimed tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of lives -- more, even, than the early estimates for Haiyan. Recovery, in many of the affected areas, is still ongoing:

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