World's worst natural disasters

POSTED: 11:16 PM Aug 27 2011   UPDATED: 12:12 PM Mar 11 2015

Wednesday marks the fourth anniversary of a tsunami devastating Japan. Here's a list of the world's worst natural disasters.

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In 2011, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan, sparking monstrous tsunami waves that reached Hawaii and the U.S. west coast. Nearly 16,000 deaths were reported, although some bodies were never recovered.

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