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.

worst natural disasters - Chile Earthquake 2010
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The second-largest earthquake to ever hit Chile occurred in 2010, when a magnitude-8.8 temblor struck off the coast, causing a tsunami that resulted in 525 deaths. The largest -- also the most powerful on record -- occurred in 1960.


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