Some of the most devastating natural disasters took innocent lives, wreaked havoc on survivors, and destroyed entire cities in the blink of an eye. Many of these disasters have occurred during our lifetime, while others happened centuries ago. But still, the destruction these earthquakes, tsunamis and floods left behind were so horrifying, they will never be forgotten. Here are 15 of the most destructive natural disasters in history.
1. 1931 China Floods
In August 1931, a downpour of rain caused the Republic of China’s Yangtze River to flood, killing an estimated 3.7 to 4 million people. To this day, it’s still considered one of the deadliest floods of the 20th century.