There are numerous accounts in history of devastating earthquakes, floods, plane disasters, and other calamities. History also contains tales of genuinely bizarre events. Occasionally, truly incredible things happen in life, and ordinary natural forces mix with the bad luck to cause disastrous effects. Even a small portion of history's unusual calamities are highlighted in the list below. Thankfully, not all of them were fatal.

When life hands you lemons, you simply sell them to spend on new skin once your old one is burned away by a river of toxic waste. Researchers can, at the very least, approximate the number of deaths associated with calamities that occurred throughout the classic period according to historical documents and journals. The accompanying natural catastrophes, sorted from lowest to the greatest estimated death toll, are the worst of all time to such records. (In times of calamities with a death toll range, every disaster is rated according to the highest estimate.)

THE GREAT MOLASSES FLOOD CRACKEDO COM A burst molasses storage tank in Boston, 1919, created a 40 foot high wave of syrup. This was far from a slow drip; this sticky, sweet disaster flooded Boston at 35 miles per hour, covering property and horses, and killing 21 people.

Source: Britannica

THE TUNGUSKA EVENT COM 5.3 miles overhead in a remote area of Siberia in 1908, a falling meteorite exploded in the atmosphere and leveled 800 square miles of forest and flattened 80 million trees in a radial pattern. This explosion is estimated to be a thousand times greater than the atomic blast which destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

Source: NASA Science

CARRINGTON SOLAR FLARE COM In 1895 a solar flare with the energy of 10 billion atomic bombs hit the Earth and caused telegraph communications to fail around the globe. Colorful auroras lit up the nighttime sky like it was day, and telegraph machine circuits dripped with liquid fire due to the increased electrical current.

Source: History

LONDON'S GREAT SMOG OF 1952 CRACKEDG COM A mixture of the usual fog and thousands of tons of diesel exhaust and soot from smokestacks, automobiles and coal fireplaces turned into a 30-mile wide mass of yellowish brown smog that blanketed London on December 5, 1952. Around 000 deaths were directly caused by the event, due to the effects of inhaling the smog or accidents caused by low visibility.

Source: History

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