In the event of a hurricane, tsunami or earthquake, the aftermath is quite often catastrophic. The most telling result of the devastation is summed up in the count of the many thousands of lost human lives. But it is in the ensuing weeks of rescue efforts and rebuilding that the financial cost can skyrocket in to the millions, or even billions of dollars.
The following describes the top five most expensive natural disasters to curse humanity in terms of money. It appears that both Asia and North America suffer the most where this is concerned, be it for reasons of geographical instability, or merely the concentration of population density.
All costs are in US$ and include only the original damage costs and not ongoing expenditure.