Yes, 2010 was the deadliest year, in terms of natural disasters, in more than a generation. Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people. Climate scientists say Earth’s climate also is changing thanks to man-made global warming, bringing extreme weather, such as heat waves and flooding. Preliminary data show that 18 countries broke their records for the hottest day ever. The death total has topped 250,000 people and over $220 billion in damage.
Earthquakes alone in 2004 killed about 277,000 people (mostly in the Sumatra quake and tsunami in December); tropical storm flooding killed another 2,000 in Haiti in 2004; floods in 2004 affected 19 million in Bangladesh and killed another 2000 in South Asia; etc. So 2010 is certainly not the year with the greatest death toll in a generation.
Huge death tolls from single events (Indonesia in 2004, Haiti in 2010, both of which dominate the death counts for those years) do not represent trends.
Earthquakes do not result from climate change.
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