You could ask the people of
1500 BCE. Stroggli. A volcano wiped out the Minoan civilisation
79CE Pompeii and Herculaneum. Vesuvius erupted, 2000 dead.
526CE Antioch. Earthquake kills 250,000
1138CE. Aleppo destroyed in an earthquake, more than 200,000 dead.
1556CE Shanxi Province China. The Jiajing Great Earthquake killed 830,000
1839CE. Coringa India. Tropical Cyclone kills 300,000 people
1881CE Haiphong Vietnam. Typhoon kills 300,000 people
1887CE Yellow River China. Floods killed 900,000 people
1920CE. Haiyuan Country in central China. 230,000 dead in an earthquake
1931CE Central China Floods. At least 2 million dead
1970CE Bhola Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). Tropical cyclone and floods kill half a million.
1976 CE Tangshan earthquake China, 255,000 dead
And that is just a few of the natural disasters. There are lots more. If they are hitting more cities that is because there are more cities to hit.