At least 16 people were confirmed dead and more than 10,000 evacuated on Sunday after a huge fire tore through Chile's historic port city of Valparaiso.
The fatal collapse of a hillside in Washington State was a landslide, a slump and a mudflow. It was also not particularly unexpected.
The mudslide, at least 135 feet wide and 180 feet deep, plowed through homes and blocked a major river.
Officials order residents in nine counties not to bathe, brush their teeth or wash their clothes.
The bill from natural and weather disasters is nearly $200 billion (150 billion euros) a year, four times higher than in the 1980s.
Consumables become catastrophes when massive amounts of food escape from containers.
In 2012, human activities influenced six extreme weather and climate events that struck around the globe.
Local residents count the cost after a deadly tornado flattened huge areas of Oklahoma City's suburbs on May 20, 2013.
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