2018 Closed with a Volcano Eruption Creating a Deadly Tsunami
Disaster struck Indonesia late in 2018, causing 437 deaths and massive destruction, while Australia saw its costliest event in years, according to the latest Global Catastrophe Recap.
On Dec. 22, the volcano Anak Krakatau erupted, resulting in a destructive tsunami that hit the Sunda Strait coast. 437 were killed, making this the fourth-deadliest event of 2018 – three of which occurred in Indonesia. With at least 2,750 homes also destroyed, the disaster is expected to reach several millions dollars USD.
Meanwhile Australia recorded severe thunderstorms – particularly large hail damage in the Sydney metro region. The most costly event seen in Australia since 2015, the 81,194 preliminary insurance claims put the cost at $485 million USD initially, a number that is expected to rise.
In the U.S., winter storms caused the most problems for the south, as heavy snow, freezing rain, ice, flooding, and gusty winds created major damage due to fallen trees and power lines. A blizzard also hit the central region, leading to road closures from Nebraska to the Dakotas, making travel incredibly difficult.
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