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MAJOR LOSS EVENTS OF 2011
55 fatalities, total losses of $15B, insured losses of $7B Canada: Wildfires: May Climate – 139 events Storms – 303

IN MINUTES

News and events — visually OVERALL LOSSES 2011
Hydrological Storms

Devastating earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, plus a number of extreme weather events, combined to cause over $590 billion in economic losses in 2011 — almost two thirds more than the previous record year.
Hydrological (flood, landslide) – 303 Geological (earthquake, tsunami, volcano) – 74

$72B

$65B

$380B
Geological

U.S., Caribbean, Aug. 22-Sept. 2: Hurricane Irene –

$232B

Climate

France, Germany Switzerland: Winter Storm Joachim Nov.

Thailand, Aug.-Nov.:
Turkey: Earthquake Oct.

$11B

Floods – 813 dead, losses $40B, insured $10B

Japan, Mar. 11:
Pakistan: Floods Aug.-Sept. Italy, France, Spain: Floods Nov. Somalia: Drought Oct. 2010-Oct.

U.S.: Storms May Floods: Apr.-May Drought: Oct.-present Wildfires: Apr., Sept.

Earthquake, tsunami – Up to 20,000 dead, losses $210B, insured $35-40B

Guatemala, El Salvador: Landslides, floods Oct.

Philippines: Tropical Storm Washi Dec. Australia: Cyclone Yasi Feb.

U.S. Apr. 22-28: Storms,

tornadoes – 350 dead, losses $15B, insured $7.3B

Brazil: Landslides, flash floods Jan.

New Zealand, Feb. 22:
Earthquake – 181 fatalities, losses $16B, insured $13B

Australia: Flash floods Jan. New Zealand: Earthquake June

COST OF NATURAL DISASTERS 1980-2011 ($Billion 2011 values)
300 1995: Kobe earthquake 200 Overall losses Insured losses 100 2005: Hurricane Katrina, Kashmir earthquake

2008: Sichuan earthquake

MOST COSTLY INSURED DISASTER LOSSES 2011*, $ billion
Storms U.S. (Apr.) Storms U.S. (Apr.) Storms U.S. (Apr.) Floods Australia (Jan.) Hurricane Irene U.S. & others (Aug.) Storms, tornadoes U.S. & others (May) Storms, tornadoes U.S. (Apr.) Floods Tailand (Jul.) Earthquake N.Z. (Feb.)

1.4 1.5 2 2.3 4.9 6.7 7.3 8-11 12

Total economic losses to society due to disasters, in billion
2010

$226

$350

2011

Total insured losses for the global insurance industry, in billion
2010 $48

$108 2011

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1985

1990

1995

2000

2005

2010

Earthquake, tsnami Japan (Mar.)

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*Property and business interruption, excluding liability and life insurance losses
SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY TARA CORRAN/QMI AGENCY

Sources: Graphic News