Natural disasters are naturally occurring events, or extreme forces of nature, that cause death or destruction of people and or their property. Here are a few common ones:
The scale of natural disasters can vary from affecting only a few people to entire countries or regions and sometimes a global scale.
Sometimes the topic of natural disasters is called 'Natural Hazards', to highlight that nature can be hazardous.
Some less common ones might include:
- Rock slides
- Snow or ice storms (Blizzards)
- Lightning strikes
Rare extra terrestrial (originating away from earth) origins:
- Meteor impacts
- Solar flares
- Cosmic gamma ray bursts
Wild animal attacks could also be considered a type of natural disaster but on a more smaller personal scale. Examples might include:
- stampede of elephants or
- shark attacks on people
- Pirhana attacks
Though these usually are more opportunistic or reflexes.