Wildfires have burned 1,500,000 acres of forest and numerous historic communities leaving entire towns in ashes causing over 500,000 people to evacuate with an ever-growing list of missing persons.
CalFire has reported that California has lost 3.1 million acres, or about 4,844 sq miles (12,546 sq km), to wildfires since the beginning of this year. There are currently 29 major fires burning.
On August 20, 2020, Hurricane Laura was a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane that made landfall in Louisiana and the midwestern U.S. There were 70 total fatalities accounted for and $8.5B in damages.
On August 4, 2020, two explosions occurred in the city of Beirut, Lebanon. The explosions caused 177 deaths, 6,000 injuries, and billions in property damage, leaving 300,000 people homeless.
On March 3, 2020, a deadly tornado outbreak affected West and Middle Tennessee, becoming the 6th costliest tornado in US history, and another that impacted areas in the western part of Cookeville.
On August 24, 2019, the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas, and was the worst natural disaster in the country’s history with wind speeds of 183 mph and $3.4 billion+ reported damages.
In 2019, the Amazon wildfires season saw a surge in fires with more than 906,000 affected hectares occurring in the Amazon rainforest and Amazon biome within Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Peru.
On March 4, tropical cyclones affected Africa causing catastrophic damage and a humanitarian crisis in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, with 1,300 deaths/missing people, and $2.2billion in damages.
In 2019, the Venezuelan migration and refugee crisis, the largest refugee crisis in the Americas, is the emigration of 4.6million Venezuelans who fled the country because of the Bolivarian Revolution.
In 2018, the wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive ever recorded in California. More than 7,639 fires burned an area of 1,893,913 acres causing more than $3.5 billion in damage.
In October 2018, Hurricane Willa brought torrential rains and destructive winds to southwestern Mexico, in Sinaloa and Nayarit. Six fatalities and substantial property damage were reported.
On August 31, 2018, Hurricane Florence was a powerful and long-lived Cape Verde hurricane that caused catastrophic damage in the Carolina, as a result of freshwater flooding due to torrential rain.
On May 3, 2018, the Puna eruption was a volcanic event on the island of Hawaii, causing outbreaks of 300 ft lava fountains, flows, and volcanic gas, road deformation causing $800million in damage.
On June 3, 2018, Volcán de Fuego eruption was a series of volcanic explosions and pyroclastic flows. The eruption included lahars and volcanic ash clouds with no evacuation time causing 200 deaths.
In September 2017, Hurricane Irma was a powerful Cape Verde hurricane that caused widespread destruction across its path and was recorded as one of the most powerful hurricanes in the Atlantic.
On August 21, 2020, Hurricane Isaac hit the Antilles and Haiti. Flooding and river overflow led to structural damage and washed aways roadways that prevented aid from entering the affected area.
On January 12, 2010, the Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, causing more than 200,000 deaths and $8 billion in damage, with 52 aftershocks and 3 million affected people.
On September 11, there was a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States, where 2,977 lives were lost with more than 25,000 injuries.
In February 1998, the Kosovo War was an armed conflict in Kosovo and precipitated a mass expulsion of Kosovar Albanians as the Yugoslav forces fought during the aerial bombardment of Yugoslavia.