In 2022, the world witnessed a series of major disasters that caused widespread destruction, uprooted homes and communities, and in some cases took lives.
Here’s a look back at some of the biggest natural disasters in the United States and around the world in 2022:
UNDERSEA VOLCANIC Eruption IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN
On January 15, 2022, an undersea volcano erupted in the South Pacific Ocean, near the island Kingdom of Tonga. The eruption prompted tsunami warnings for the archipelago and even as far away as the US West Coast.
New Zealand and Australian Defense Force Surveillance flights showed significant damage to houses, roads, water, tanks and other infrastructure along the west coast of Tongatapu. Seismologists said it was one of the largest recorded eruptions since Krakatoa in 1883.
THE CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE CLAIMS THE LIVES OF TWO, INJURES 11 OTHERS
PAKISTAN FLOOD KILLS MORE THAN 1,700 PEOPLE
Record floods in Pakistan between June and October washed away thousands of homes and killed at least 1,739 people.
Government estimates of the damage were at least $30 billion as crops, roads, highways, livestock, bridges, houses, schools and medical facilities were washed away.
Almost 8 million people were displaced without a home with proper 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 – all of which spread quickly amid stagnant floodwaters that authorities say will take months to recede. .
LOTS OF FIRES IN CALIFORNIA
Although relatively tamer than previous years, a series of wildfires swept through California between January and October. Cal Fire estimates there were about 7,592 total incidents with an estimated 362,271 acres burned and nine fatalities. More than 100 structures were damaged and approximately 772 were destroyed.
EAST COAST STORM LEAVES 100,000 WITHOUT POWER, AT LEAST 3 DEAD
A northeast winter storm in January brought blizzard conditions to many areas and left more than 100,000 people without power.
Around the New York City area, snowfall amounts ranged from a few inches in some areas north and west of the city to more than 2 feet in Islip, Long Island, according to the National Weather Service.
Warren, Rhode Island gained more than 2 feet while Norwich, Connecticut finished 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 swimming pool while shoveling snow in Southhold and was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts failed. Nassau County officials said two men, ages 53 and 75, died in the tower in Syosset while shoveling snow.
EARTHQUAKE IN AFGHANISTANAN KILLS AT LEAST 1036
A major earthquake in eastern Afghanistan killed an estimated 1,036 people and injured at least 1,500 others in June — the deadliest since 2002, when a 6.1-magnitude storm killed about 1,000 people.
The 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck 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 country’s 38 million people.
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The earthquake destroyed hundreds of houses in Paktika, with dozens more trapped under the debris. Countless buildings were also damaged in Khost province.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.