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Top 10 Costliest World Natural Disasters By Insured Losses, 1900-2020 (1)

(2020 US$ billions)

Rank Date Country/region Event Insured loss (2)
1 Aug. 2005 U.S. Hurricane Katrina $86
2 Mar. 11, 2011 Japan 2011 Tohoku Earthquake/tsunami 41
3 Sep. 2017 U.S., Caribbean Hurricane Irma 35
4 Oct. 2012 U.S. Hurricane Sandy 34
5 Aug. 2017 U.S. Hurricane Harvey 32
6 Sep. 2017 U.S., Caribbean Hurricane Maria 31
7 Aug. 1992 U.S., Bahamas Hurricane Andrew 30
8 Jan. 17, 1994 U.S. Northridge Earthquake 27
9 Sep. 2008 U.S., Caribbean Hurricane Ike 22
10 Feb. 2011 New Zealand Christchurch Earthquake 18

(1) Natural disasters that cause at least US$25 million in insured losses; or 10 deaths; or 50 people injured; or 2,000 filed claims or homes and structures damaged. Losses for hurricanes in the United States include losses for the National Flood Insurance Program. As of January 2021.
(2) Adjusted for inflation by Aon using the U.S. Consumer Price Index.

Note: Loss data shown here may differ from figures shown elsewhere for the same event due to differences in the date of publication, the geographical area covered and other criteria used by organizations collecting the data.

Source: Aon.

 
Top 10 Costliest World Natural Disasters By Insured Losses, 1900-2018 (1)

(2019 US$ millions)

Rank Date (2) Year Country/region Event Insured loss (3)
1 Aug. 30 2005 U.S., Southeast Hurricane Katrina $84,300
2 Mar. 11 2011 Japan 2011 Tohoku Earthquake 39,900
3 Oct. 29 2012 U.S., Caribbean Hurricane Sandy 33,300
4 Sep. 2 2017 U.S., Southeast Hurricane Harvey 31,100
5 Sep. 28 2017 U.S., Caribbean Hurricane Maria 30,700
6 Sep. 12 2017 U.S., Caribbean Hurricane Irma 29,600
7 Aug. 27 1992 U.S., Bahamas Hurricane Andrew 28,600
8 Jan. 17 1994 U.S., West Northridge Earthquake 26,600
9 Sep. 15 2008 U.S., Caribbean Hurricane Ike 21,300
10 Dec. 15 2011 Thailand Thailand Floods 17,500

(1) Natural disasters that cause at least US$25 million in insured losses; or 10 deaths; or 50 people injured; or 2,000 filed claims or homes and structures damaged. Losses for hurricanes in the United States include losses for the National Flood Insurance Program. As of September 13, 2019.
(2) Date event ended.
(3) Adjusted for inflation by Aon using the U.S. Consumer Price Index.

Note: Loss data shown here may differ from figures shown elsewhere for the same event due to differences in the date of publication, the geographical area covered and other criteria used by organizations collecting the data.

Source: Aon.

 
Top 10 Costliest World Natural Disasters By Insured Losses, 1900-2019 (1)

(2019 US$ billions)

Rank Date (2) Year Country/region Event Insured loss (3)
1 Aug. 30 2005 U.S., Southeast Hurricane Katrina $85
2 Mar. 11 2011 Japan 2011 Tohoku Earthquake 40
3 Oct. 29 2012 U.S., Caribbean Hurricane Sandy 33
4 Sep. 12 2017 U.S., Caribbean Hurricane Irma 33
5 Sep. 2 2017 U.S., Southeast Hurricane Harvey 31
6 Sep. 28 2017 U.S., Caribbean Hurricane Maria 31
7 Aug. 27 1992 U.S., Bahamas Hurricane Andrew 29
8 Jan. 17 1994 U.S., West Northridge Earthquake 27
9 Sep. 15 2008 U.S., Caribbean Hurricane Ike 21
10 Dec. 15 2011 Thailand Thailand Floods 18

(1) Natural disasters that cause at least $25 million in insured losses; or 10 deaths; or 50 people injured; or 2,000 filed claims or homes and structures damaged. Losses for hurricanes in the United States include losses for the National Flood Insurance Program. As of January 2020.
(2) Date event ended.
(3) Adjusted for inflation by Aon.

Note: Loss data shown here may differ from figures shown elsewhere for the same event due to differences in the date of publication, the geographical area covered and other criteria used by organizations collecting the data.

Source: Aon.