Terrorist attacks, hurricanes and pandemics were among the "Top 10 Mega Disasters" of the past decade in a list released by Zurich Financial Services Group, a global property and casualty insurer.
These disasters made the list based on how many deaths they caused, how much damage they caused and the length of their impact. Insurance companies keep close track of how much damage a disaster causes. The top 10 mega-disasters are:
1. Sept. 11 terrorist attacks (2001)
2. SARS outbreak (2003)
3. Power outage in the United States and Canada (2003)
4. Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami (2004)
5. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma (2005)
6. Financial crisis (2008)
7. Earthquake in China (2008)
8. H1N1 pandemic (2009)
9. Volcano eruption in Iceland (2010)
10. Floods in Europe and Pakistan (2010)
"Quite apart from the human and emotional toll, as we've learned from the tragedies on this list and others, a mega disaster can strike without warning and without precedent, and the impact to businesses in affected industries is usually immediate," said Vic Gordon, Zurich's head of risk prevention technical services, in a media statement.