Top 9 Most Dangerous Tornadoes around the World
Nature will not ask you if you are ready or if you are scared. Tornadoes are one of most dangerous natural disasters after earthquakes and floods. Certain parts of the planet are constantly destroyed by tornadoes and even though people who live in these areas know how to protect themselves or when to get evacuated, still the force of nature often takes human lives and leaves destroyed homes, cars and entire cities.
#1. Madaripur-Shibchar Tornado 1977
This tornado happened on April 1, 1977. It was one April Fool’s Day that didn’t end too funny. A deadly tornado hit Madaripur-Shibchar in Bangladesh, which resulted to an estimated 500 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The tornado leveled the area, trees, homes and other structures were entirely damaged as the tornado passed through the villages of Madaripur and Shibchar.
#2. Comoro Tornado, 1951
The archipelago of Comoros of the eastern coast of Africa was struck by a deadly tornado in 1951. The twister started as a waterspout and gained strength and intensity as it struck land and killed an estimated 500 people. Other details concerning the incident are not known since the island nation was still under foreign rule.
#3. Narail-Magura Tornado, 1964
About 500 people either perished or went missing when a fatal tornado hit the cities of Narail and Magura in Bangladesh. Seven villages were completely destroyed after the tornado’s hit. Four hundred people from the village of Bhabanipur were never found and were presumed dead. Other details of the incident were rather vague and only estimates were given.
#4. Sicily Tornado, 1851
This tornado that struck Sicily started out as a waterspout. Because the disaster happened during the nineteenth century, few details were recorded although it is believed that an estimated 500 people died on that fateful day. There were theories about the tornado: one, that two waterspouts merged as they reached onshore and transformed into two massive and powerful tornadoes; two, a multiple-vortex tornado was formed that destroyed the properties and lives along its path.
#5. Valetta Tornado, 1951/1956
It was one of the most deadly and disastrous tornados to ever occur in history was in Valetta, Malta. Over 600 people died when it hit the Grand Harbour where the shipping armada was stretched in the bay, entirely destroying it as the great tornado moved along the path. Although there are conflicting sources concerning the actual tornado, one fact is clear, the tornado first started as a waterspout before it became a full-blown tornado when it reached land.
#6. Manikganj, Singair and Nawabganj Tornado, 1973
Another terrible tornado hit Bangladesh in 1973. Bangladesh is one of the most tornado-affected countries in the world. In 1973 the major areas of Manikganj, Singair and Nawabganj were destroyed when a wide tornado hit their path. The whole large village of Balurchar was wiped out along with major parts of nine other towns. The confirmed death toll was at 681. This incident remains to be the fifth deadliest tornado in world history.
#7. Tri-State Tornado, 1925
This tornado hit where tornadoes aren’t a new thing. The Tri-State Tornado remains to hold the record for being the worst and deadliest tornado to ever happen in the U.S.A. It hit the highest rating on the Fujita scale of F5. The catastrophe seemed like it was a horror movie scene; the colossal tornado lasted for 3.5 hours and generated 8 more tornadoes. Main tornado caused the most deaths in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, while the smaller ones struck Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee which totaled to almost 750 deaths. This record more than doubled the numbers compared to the 1840 Great Natchez Tornado which had 317 deaths.
#8. East Pakistan Tornado, 1969
The East Pakistan (now called Bangladesh) Tornado of 1969 killed over 660 people and a total of 4,000 were injured. The disaster happened on April 14, 1969 after a huge tornado struck Dhaka in East Pakistan where most people were living. That same day, another tornado hit Homna Upazila, also in Bangladesh where 223 people perished.
#9. The Daulatpur-Salturia Tornado, 1989
The most deadly tornado known to humankind is the one that happened on April 26, 1989 in Daulatpur-Salturia, and again in Bangladesh. The estimated size of the tornado according to sources was 1 mile wide. In just a matter of minutes, the horrific twister claimed the lives of 1,300 people and left 12,000 others injured. The towns were completely destroyed and 80,000 were left homeless. The drought that Bangladesh was experiencing for 6 months intensified the atmospheric conditions, which allowed a deadly massive tornado to form.