List of disasters by cost

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Disasters can be particularly notable for the high costs associated with responding to and recovering from them.

This page lists the economic costs of relatively recent disasters.

The costs of disasters vary considerably depending on a range of factors, such as the geographical location where they occur. When a disaster occurs in a densely populated area in a wealthy country, the financial damage might be huge, but when a comparable disaster occurs in a densely populated area in a poorer country, the actual financial damage might be relatively small, in part due to a lack of insurance. For example, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, with a death toll of over 230,000 people, cost a 'mere' $15 billion,[12] whereas in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in which 11 people died, the damages were six-fold.


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  2. "FACTBOX-China's recent measures to spur growth". November 6, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2009. 
  3. Great Hanshin earthquake
  5. "Nuclear industry: Face your demons - towards full liability for nuclear power plant operators" (PDF). Friends of the Earth Europe. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  6. "The World Bank Supports Thailand's Post-Floods Recovery Effort". World Bank. 13 December 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  7. 2011 Christchurch earthquake
  8. Pasch (2008-09-07). "Hurricane Ike Discussion Twenty-Eight". NHC. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  9. "" Great wall across the Yangtze. Retrieved on 2009-08-01.
  10. "Biscayne National Park Plaque Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew". National Weather Service. 2002. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  11. 1994 Northridge earthquake
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Costs beyond measure". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  13. Camp, Vic. "How Volcanoes Work – the Nevado del Ruiz eruption". SDSU Department of Geological Sciences. San Diego State University. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  15. "Slave Lake fires 2nd costliest insured disaster". CTV News. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-07-05.