June Disasters: If It Wasn’t Storms and Floods, It Was Droughts and Wildfires
The month of June was marked by massive storms that caused floods, high winds and other damage on nearly every part of the globe, but there was also significant death and destruction from earthquakes and other regional disasters, according to the latest Catastrophe Recap.
At least eight periods of severe thunderstorms created widespread flash floods and damage to the eastern 2/3 of the U.S. in June, much of which was a result of hail as large as softballs in some instances. The total combined losses are expected to reach $4 billion USD. Meanwhile in the west, the end of the month saw significant wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes and other structures. According to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, nearly 5,000 reports of tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds accounted for 45% of storm reports in the U.S. for the first half of the year.
Elsewhere, the 5.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan’s Osaka Prefecture on June 18 killed at least for and injured more than 434. In Guatemala, a gigantic volcanic eruption killed at least 122, as ash and molten rock from Volcan de Fuego created states of emergency in multiple areas.
And while seasonal flooding hit many parts of Asia, Europe, and Africa, China’s Inner Mongolia had to deal with drought conditions that led to some $91 million USD in agricultural damage.
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