World's worst natural disasters

POSTED: 08:11 PM PDT Aug 27, 2011    UPDATED: 02:23 PM PST Nov 27, 2013 

With today marking the fifth anniversary of the catastrophic 2010 Haitian earthquake, take a look at some of the world's worst natural disasters.

Japan earthquake
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In 2011, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan, sparking monstrous tsunami waves that reached Hawaii and the U.S. west coast. Nearly 16,000 deaths were reported, although some bodies were never recovered.

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