What continent has the highest number of different natural disasters?

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Oct 23, 2017

Asia has the highest number of different natural disasters.


The Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters publishes an Annual Disaster Review to provide valuable information on the occurrence of natural disasters and their impacts on society. The latest edition covers 2014, and it identifies China, the United States, the Philippines, Indonesia, and India as the five countries most frequently hit by natural disasters.
China and the Philippines lie in the path of typhoons tracking westward, and both countries are vulnerable to seismic activity.Indonesia's 6,000 inhabited islands sit between the world's two most seismically active areas, the Circum-Pacific Belt and the Alpide Belt. These islands experience some of the planet's most devastating volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis as a result.

India's location places it at risk for tropical cyclones, which can deliver damaging winds and heavy precipitation, causing flooding thousands of kilometers inland. Flood is India's most frequent form of natural disaster.