In the year 2022, the world witnessed a series of major disasters that caused widespread destruction, tearing apart homes and communities and, in some cases, ending lives.
Here’s a look back at some of the biggest natural disasters in the United States and around the world in 2022:
UNDERWATER VOLCANIC ERUPTION IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN
January On December 15, 2022, an underwater volcano erupted in the South Pacific near the Island Kingdom of Tonga. The eruption prompted tsunami warnings in the archipelago and even on the west coast of the United States.
Surveillance flights by the New Zealand and Australian Defense Force showed extensive damage to houses, roads, water, tanks and other infrastructure along the west coast of Tongatapu. Seismologists said it was one of the largest eruptions on record since Krakatoa in 1883.
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FLOODING IN PAKISTAN KILLS MORE THAN 1,700 PEOPLE
Record floods ravaged Pakistan between June and October, sweeping away thousands of homes and claiming the lives of at least 1,739 people.
Government estimates of damage were at least $30 billion, as crops, roads, highways, livestock, bridges, homes, schools and medical facilities were all washed away.
Almost 8 million people were displaced, without adequate home health care. Many of them lived in the open exposed to diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea, dengue fever, severe skin and eye infections, cholera, dog and snake bites, which are spreading rapidly in the midst of stagnant floods that, according to the authorities, will take several months to recede. . .
MASS FIRES IN CALIFORNIA
Although relatively tamer than in previous years, a series of wildfires swept through California between January and October. Cal Fire estimates there were about 7,592 total incidents with approximately 362,271 acres burned and nine deaths. More than 100 structures were damaged and approximately 772 were destroyed.
EAST COAST STORM LEAVES 100,000 WITHOUT POWER, AT LEAST 3 DEAD
A winter storm in the Northeast in January brought blizzards to many areas and left more than 100,000 people without power.
Around the New York City area, snow totals ranged from a few inches in some areas north and west of the city to more than 2 feet in Islip on Long Island, according to the National Meteorological Service.
Warren, Rhode Island, got more than 2 feet, while Norwich, Conn., ended up with nearly two feet. Some areas of Maine and New Hampshire also received more than a foot.
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Suffolk County police said an elderly man fell into a pool while shoveling snow in Southhold and was pronounced dead after resuscitation attempts failed. Nassau County officials said two men, ages 53 and 75, died at Syosset Tower while shoveling snow.
EARTHQUAKE IN AFGHANISTANAN KILLS LIKE MINI 1,036
A major earthquake in eastern Afghanistan killed about 1,036 people and injured at least 1,500 in June, the deadliest since 2002, when a 6.1-magnitude tremor killed about 1,000.
The 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit the country’s Paktika province, just 10 months after the chaotic withdrawal and departure of most of the international community from the region, complicating efforts to provide relief to the 38 million people of the country.
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The earthquake destroyed hundreds of houses in Paktika, and dozens were trapped under the rubble. Countless buildings were also damaged in Khost province.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.