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Ten Notable Natural Disasters

1887 China's Yellow River breaks its banks in Huayan Kou killing 900K
1556 Earthquake in China's Shanxi and Henan provinces kills 830K
1970 Cyclone in Bangladesh kills 500K
1976 Earthquake in Tangshan, China, kills 242K
1923 Tokyo earthquake kills 140K
1991 Cyclone in Bangladesh kills 139K
2004 Asian quake disaster - toll exceeds 114K as of 12/30/04
1815 Eruption of Mt. Tambora on Indonesia's Sumbawa Island kills 90K
1826 Tsunami kills 27K in Japan (deadliest tsunami until 2004)
2003 Earthquake in Bam, Iran - official casualty figure is 26,271

Sources:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4135099.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4128509.stm


NOAA animation of the tsunami on 12.26.2004:
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/video/tsunami-indonesia12-2004.qt

article from NOAA regarding the tsunami on 12.26.2004:
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2004/s2357.htm

EQs around the world in recent weeks:
http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/geofon/alerts/

world map of EQs in the past 2 weeks:
http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/geofon/seismon/globmon.html

10 largest EQs in the world since 1900:
http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/10maps_world.html

EQs over 5.0 in the past week:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_big.html

world map of EQs in the past week:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/


Here is a table I created showing aid as a percentage of GDP. The US & EU look generous because theirs are the 2 largest contributions. But as a percentage of GDP, actually Denmark & Kuwait are the most generous, and the US & EU are the least. In defense of the EU, some of its member nations are giving independently (such as France & UK). In defense of the US, much of its contribution is probably private rather than governmental. Still I cannot help but think that the US & EU should do much more.

The world's total GDP is $51.48T. The average contribution so far is 0.00259% of GDP. If every nation in the world were to contribute 0.00259% of its GDP to helping with the aftermath of this disaster, the total contribution would be $1,333.3M instead of the current $268.2M. In other words, the current aid is arguably 20% of what it should be.

  Aid ($M) GDP ($M) Aid/GDP
Denmark 15.6 167,200 0.00933%
Kuwait 2.1 41,460 0.00507%
Australia 27.0 571,400 0.00473%
Norway 6.6 171,700 0.00384%
Saudi Arabia 10.0 287,800 0.00347%
UAE 2.0 57,700 0.00347%
Canada 33.0 958,700 0.00344%
Finland 3.4 142,200 0.00239%
UK 28.9 1,666,000 0.00173%
France 20.4 1,661,000 0.00123%
Ireland 1.3 116,200 0.00112%
Singapore 1.2 109,400 0.00110%
Taiwan 5.1 528,600 0.00096%
Japan 30.0 3,582,000 0.00084%
Netherlands 2.6 461,400 0.00056%
EU 44.0 11,050,000 0.00040%
US 35.0 10,990,000 0.00032%
Total 268.2 32,562,760 0.00259%
Sources:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4135099.stm
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook


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last updated: 12.30.2004