What do you think has been greatest natural disaster? And why?
- Anonymous7 years agoBest Answer
In the case of the loss of human life I would say smallpox. Smallpox killed about 300 million people worldwide before it was declared eradicated May 8, 1980.
In comparison the 2003 European heat wave killed only about 70 thousand people and the 2010 Russian heat wave "only" killed about 56 thousand people.
The biggest natural disaster was probably the event even that killed off the dinosaurs. (Unless you you subscribe to the bible as truthful, then the largest god made disaster was the great flood which killed all, but one breeding pair, of all? species in existence.)
Quotes by Sagebrush (a self proclaimed Christian and ardent AGW denier) :
"Execute all those who voted for OBAMA"
"Hire the handicapped, they are fun to watch!"Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallpox http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_European_heat_wa... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Russian_heat_wav... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flood_myth
- Gary FLv 77 years ago
For humans, the most fortunate natural disaster has to have been the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. Without that, mammalian evolution would have taken a different course and there would be no one here to ask or answer your question.
On the other hand, Jungle Jim has a point.
- 7 years ago
Greatest natural disaster is astroids. Because they wipe out the whole planet in no time.
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- SagebrushLv 77 years ago
The environmental movement. Several reasons come to mind.
1. DDT was needlessly banned. Today millions die of malaria, Malaria was once under control but with the advent of the needless banning of DDT the insect spread disease has returned.
2. Obama has just given the UN $100 billion for global warming. That money could have been put to good use feeding starving children, rather than fattening rich plutocrat's pockets.
3. Needlessly banning R-12, a very efficient refrigerant. This was supposed to fix the hole in the Ozone layer. It didn't fix the hole, as intended, but created less efficient refrigeration using up more energy.
4. Stopping or delaying the use of petroleum. For example the Keystone Pipeline. Right now the oil is being transported from North Dakota to Texas via tanker trucks. The energy used to transport oil this way is astronomically higher in energy usage and cost than a pipeline. Of course, Warren Buffet supplies the trucking and is making huge profits off of this, so it must be OK.
5. Quote by Paul Ehrlich, professor, Stanford University: “Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.” Stated goals like this drive up energy costs and usually hit the poorer people. The Elites, many whom we are paying their salaries, are above this mess and feel none of their artificially afflicted pain.
- JimZLv 77 years ago
In fact we don't know that an asteroid killed off the dinosaurs but it certainly doesn't surprise me to see alarmists to pretend to know. In fact, dinosaurs were in trouble before the asteroid hit. There are numerous theories, the asteroid impact only being one of them.
To me, the obvious answer would be a supervolcanic eruption. It is theorized that the Toba Eruption nearly wiped out our ancestors 75 thousand years ago. (note to science challenged alarmists: notice how I included the word theorized). Yellowstone may have a similar effect when it goes off but we don't really know when that will be. It might be tomorrow or it might be 50 thousand years from now. There are other supervolcanoes that might go off as well. There are other less likely natural disasters such as a nearby supernova that might destroy all life on our planet.
- 7 years ago
Hurricanes.Source(s): Take a look at New Orleans in 2005.
- Anonymous7 years ago
The George W Bush presidency
- IanLv 57 years ago
The China floods in the 1930's possibly killed millions and was directly linked to Climate Change.
The Yellow River flood in 1887 possibly killed millions and was directly linked to Climate Change.
The 1970 Bhola Cyclone killed about half a million people and was directly linked to Climate Change.
The 1839 India Cyclone killed hundreds of thousands of people and was directly linked to Climate Change.
Hurrican Sandy that killed about 120 people and was directly linked to Climate Change.
- flossieLv 67 years ago
Chopping down rain forests to plant Eucalyptus.