• 2020

The Most Notable Natural Disasters Of 2020

Natural disasters can have a devastating effect on entire cities, countries, continents, and the people who live there. When the worst natural disasters hit, it is often an opportunity for international relations to band together and help support those who were affected; as evidenced by the overwhelming response to current natural disasters. From unexpected volcanoes recently erupted to the biggest earthquake this year, and the worst hurricanes we were unprepared for, natural events in 2020 led to celebrities, world leaders, and ordinary people alike lending a hand to their neighbors in need. 

This list of major natural disasters details the necessary facts of world events that could have a lasting economic effect. The most recent natural disasters often provide you with an opportunity to become involved by donating financially or otherwise lending your support.

  • A Rare Derecho Unleashes Tornadoes And Rain In The Midwest

    On August 10, a rare storm called a derecho traveled 770 miles in 14 hours through Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan, at some points with winds of higher than 100 mph. The destruction included damaged crops and buildings, and loss of power. At least four people lost their lives.

    According to the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center, a derecho - the Spanish word for "direct" or "straight ahead," is "a widespread, long-lived wind storm associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms." Unlike a tornado, a derecho travels along one straight path, and doesn't last as long as a hurricane, but still produces widespread damage.




  • A 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Salt Lake City, UT

    Early March 18, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake rocked Salt Lake City, UT, and knocked out the state's coronavirus hotline. Amid concerns over the COVID-19 virus causing lockdowns in major cities, residents worried about how to check on their friends and loved ones after the quake. 

    Salt Lake City officials told ABC News there were no reported injuries, but the city's airport stopped operating temporarily, and at least 59 aftershocks had taken place by afternoon.

    The earthquake was the state's largest since 1992. Local resident Dr. Scott Williams said it lasted around 15 or 20 seconds, "shaking pretty hard. Then I felt swaying for about another 15 seconds."

    Reopening the Public Health Lab was the priority for city officials. 

  • A Tornado Touches Down In Nashville, TN 

    Around 1 am on March 3, a tornado touched down in Nashville, TN, after a heavy storm. West Nashville was hit the hardest with damage to several hangers at the John C. Tune Airport and power lines. Neighborhoods and businesses were flattened. 

    According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, at least 19 people were killed. 

    The city set up an emergency shelter with running water at Nashville Farmer’s Market on 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. in Nashville. 

  • The Taal Volcano Erupts In The Philippines

    On January 12, the Taal volcano, which sits 37 miles from the capital of Manila in the Philippines, unexpectedly erupted, forcing hundreds to evacuate their homes. 

    The Volcanic institute told USA Today, "Taal Volcano entered a period of intense unrest," thickening the air with ash, pebbles, and weak lava fountaining. Thunder and lightning served to intensify the atmosphere as President Rodrigo Duterte ordered nearby communities to leave the area. 

    Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the worst-case scenario is "that the eruption would cause the entire island to rise and scatter debris on the nearby areas." Though no one was reported hurt within the first 48 hours of the event, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology was still taking precautions in the event that a more hazardous eruption occurred. 

    If you would like to help support communities who were evacuated from their homes, CNN complied a list of organizations accepting donations here.