• 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.

  • California Wildfires Burn More Than 1 Million Acres Throughout The State

    Beginning July 15, wildfires in Northern California were sparked by an unusually high number of lightning strikes. According to the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, as of September 1, more than 900 new wildfires had burned over 1.48 million acres in the state.

    As of August 24, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said, more than 7,000 fires had burned 1.4 million acres in 2020; by the same time in 2019, 4,292 fires had charred 56,000 acres.

  • Hurricane Isaias Causes Damage In Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, And Along Atlantic US Coast 

    Tropical Storm Isaias became Hurricane Isaias on July 30, leading to flooding and wind damage in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. It then traveled to the Bahamas and the East Coast of the US, causing flooding and high winds.

    At least 13 people perished because of the storm.  

  • Hurricane Laura Causes Extensive Damage In Louisiana

    Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall in Cameron, LA, on August 27. The strongest storm to hit Louisiana since 1856, it caused extensive damage  in southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas from storm surges, flooding, rain, and long-lasting power and water outages.

    At least 18 people perished during the storm, many for improperly using electric generators.