Top Ten Natural Disasters of 2013 and Most Beautiful Places Around the World

Feb. 4, 2013, — Comparing with the previous year, 2013 was a mild year in natural disasters until Typhoon Haiyan touched down in the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Drought in Africa, earthquakes and floods in Asian made up a large portion of the top ten natual disaster list of 2013.
Seatlite image of Haiyan of its peak strength on Nov. 7, 2013.

Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, in November 8, 2013. The Philippines and China were hit the hardest by Natural Disasters in 2013 with multiple entries in the top ten list.

According to Wikipedia, Typhoon is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,201 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed. As of January, 2014, bodies are still being found.

1. Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines and Southeast Asia, November, 2013
2. Sichuan earthquake, China, April, 2013. About 2 million people were affected.
3. Drought, Chad, June 2012 – February 2013. About 1.6 million people were affected
4. Guangdong storm, March 2013, China. About 1.4 million people were affected.
5. Patuakhali cyclone, Bangladesh, May 2013
6. Mindinao floods, Philippines, January 2013
7. Yunan earthquake, China, March 2013. About 427,000 people were affected.
8. Buenos Aires floods, Argentina, April 2013. About 350,000 people were affected
9. Drought, Namibia, May, 2013, About 300,000 were affected.
10. Guangong, Hubei floods, China, May 2013. About 300,000 people were affected.

Most Beautiful Places Around the World

After we survived the predicted end of world on Dec. 21, 2012 and the natural disasters, let’s enjoy pictures of some of the most beautiful places from around the world. Please do your part to protect the environment and conserve natural resources so that these places will remind beautiful for our children and grandchildren. Thanks to photographers of these beautiful pictures, and we pledge to do our part to keep the planet beautiful.

The inca city of Machu Picchu, country : Peru,
place : near Cuzco

The Iguazu waterfalls, country : Argentina – Brazil,
place : borders between the two countries
The great canyon of Colorado, country : United States of America
place : south-west of the country, Arizona state
The great coral reef, country : Australia
place : offshore, north-east of the country
The Niagara waterfalls, country : Canada – United States of America
place : Niagara, near Toronto
The salar of Uyuni, country : Bolivia
place : south-west of the country
The Halong bay, country : Vietnam
place : in the Tonkin Gulf, east of Hanoi
The Bora-Bora island, country : French Polynesia
place : in the middle of the Pacific
Sand dunes of the Sahara, country : Marocco – Mauritania – Mali – Algeria – Niger – Lybia – Chad – Sudan – Egypt
place : north of Africa
Picture of sand dunes in the Sahara desert of Morocco.
Fjords and the Preikestolen cliff, country : Norway
place : west of the country
White immensity of Antarctica, country : without
place : north pole
North Pole
Karstic peaks at Guilin, along the Li river, country : China
place : south of the country, between Guilin and Yangshuo
The Galapagos archipelago, country : Ecuador
place : off the west coast of the country
The Perito Moreno glacier, country : Argentina
place : Patagonia
The rice terrace fields of Banaue, country : the Philippines
place : on the Lucon island, north of Manilla
The Yellowstone national park, country : United States of America
place : north-west of the country, Wyoming state
The limestone basins at Huanglong, country : China
place : in the middle of the country, north of the Sichuan province
The Giants’ Causeway, country : Northern Ireland
place : north of the country
The colorful waters of the Jiuzhaigou river, country : China
place : in the middle of the country, north of the Sichuan province