10 Deadliest natural disasters in U.S. History

Sources vary on the number of deaths that are attributed to the disasters. 

 1. 1980 Heat Wave (June-Sept. 1980): 10,000-15,000

2. Galveston Hurricane (Sept. 8-9, 1900): 8,000-12,000

3. 1901 Heat Wave: 9,508

4. 1988 Drought/Heat Wave: 5,000-10,000

5. 1936 Heat Wave : 4,678

6. Hurricane Katrina (August 29, 2005): 2,500-4000

7. San Francisco Earthquake (April 18-21, 1906): 3,000

8. Lake Okeechobee Hurricane (September 16, 1928): 2,500-3,000

9. Johnstown Flood (May 31, 1889): 2,209

10. 1975 Heat Wave (July 31-Aug. 3, 1975): 1,500-2,000

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