In late May, 526 AD, an earthquake struck in Syria and Antioch, which were then part of the Byzantine empire. The quake caused the port of Seleucia Pieria to rise up by nearly one meter, resulting in the silting of the harbor. It was the 3rd deadliest earthquake of all time. The quake is estimated to have been over 7 on the Richter scale (VIII on the Mercalli scale). After the earthquake a fire broke out which razed all buildings that had not already been destroyed.
Cyclone Nargis 2008 - The first cyclone in 2008 to hit the northern Indian Ocean, Cyclone Nargis made landfall in Myanmar and devastated the Ayeyarwady Delta region along with its 37 townships for two days. Official figures showed that 84,500 people were killed with 53,800 missing. An equivalent of a category 3 or 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, it led to numerous storm surges and flooding.
KOLKATA/CALCUTTA - The East Indian city of Kolkata faces a double threat. First of all, the flooding of the Hooghly river puts over 10.5 million people at risk. Second of all, there is a risk of serious storms if a large-scale tsunami were to hit the north-east coast of India.
Haiti Earthquake 2010 - magnitude 7.0 earthquake that has a depth of 8.1 miles rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010. Its epicenter was located just south west of Port-Au-Prince with 59 aftershocks ranging from 4.2 to 5.9 magnitudes in strength. The strongest earthquake to hit the country since 1770.