It seems like ever year, mother nature yields more and more havoc in the form of natural disasters. 2012 has been no different. While we have fortunately avoided catastrophic natural disasters that have taken the life’s of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of people like the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 in Indonesia, the 20008 Cyclone Nargis in Burma, the Haitian earthquake in 2010, or even last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami in Tōhoku, which killed 15,870 individuals, injured 6,114, and left 2,814 reported missing, 2012 has still given us it’s fair share of natural disasters. We will review just a few of them below. With each disaster, it’s important that relief is administered, and that’s the main mission of relief.org, to provide charity to suffering cities.

Fires

Colorado wildfires (United States):

In June and July of 2012, a series of fires burned over 200,00 acres of land, killing 5 individuals. While all were devastating, the Waldo Canyon fire on June 23, 2012 was particularly threatening. This fire caused the evacuation of over 30,000 residents, and destroyed over 350 homes.  In terms of houses burned, this was the most destructive fire in Colorado state history. The Waldo fire preceded an already terribly destructive fire in the mountains west of Fort Collins, the High Park fire. This fire burned over 87,250 acres, which made it the second largest fire in Colorado state history if determined by area burned, and destroyed at least 259 homes and damaged many others. Between these two fires, and many other fires, over $200 million was spent in controlling and putting out these fires, with an estimated $500 million or more in damage. Despite these economic losses, the most devastating loss was that 5 people were killed as a direct result of the fires.

Droughts

Midwestern United States:

For the past 3 years, including 2012, the Midwest has been in the midst of a severe drought. While the impacts will be more economical than life threatening, the results will impact consumers’ pocketbooks everywhere. Dramatically lower crop yields have been the result, the financial value of those lost crops being over 5 billion dollars in Texas alone. These loses will lower farmer’s profits, and increase consumer’s prices.

Earthquakes

Guerrero (Mexico):

On March 20, 2012, the strongest earthquake since the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City occurred. The quake magnitude measured at 7.4, damaged over 800 homes, while 60 have completely collapsed. The fear and panic from the episode spread all the way to Mexico City.

East Azerbaijan Privince (Iran):

On August 11, 2012, northwestern Iran was hit with two powerful twin earthquakes. The earthquake that measured a magnitude of 6.4, and then the second quake which measured a 6.3 11 minutes later together killed over 300 people and left over 16,000 homeless. 44,000 packages of food were distributed within days, and thousands of blankets have been distributed in the area.

Floods

Krasnodar Region (Southern Russia):

The worst flooding in decades happened in Russia’s Krasnodar Region, near the Black Sea, and killed over 150 people and damaged 5,000 homes. Half a year of rainfall fell over the area in less than two days, completely overwhelming the region and resources.

Heat Waves

Eastern United States:

Throughout Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia in late June of 2012 dealt with triple digit heat that broke previous records. Approximately 20 people died as a result of the heat wave, and over 3 million people were left without power for days.
Natural disasters are happening at an accelerated rate all over the world. This year in the U.S. alone, 34 major disaster declarations were declared from the President of the United States, while many more occurred outside of the U.S.