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Deadliest Natural Disasters of the Past Decade

November 12, 2013

Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Cyclones All Among Deadliest Disasters

A woman weeps as she carries a child to a military aircraft to evacuate the area which has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 12, 2013, in Leyte, Philippines. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

Typhoon Haiyan is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people in the Philippines, but despite those mind-boggling numbers it may not be among the worst natural disasters in recent memory.

(MORE: How You Can Help Haiyan Victims)

From earthquakes to tsunamis, there have been many natural disasters that have left startling devastation. There are at least ten natural disasters in the last decade that had higher death tolls than Typhoon Haiyan.

NEXT PAGE: 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami


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