A beautiful disaster is defined as a severe weather event, or even a major event, which is usually followed by a catastrophic flooding, mudslides or other disasters.
The UN has listed the world as the third-most beautiful disaster after the 2004 tsunami and the 2014 Nepal earthquake.
The World Bank has ranked Haiti’s 2010 earthquake as the fourth-most gorgeous disaster.
“The beauty of a disaster is that it’s a disaster,” said J. Scott Dickey, a climate change specialist at the University of Texas at Austin.
“And it’s not just about the devastation.”
“Beauty” refers to the psychological impact of a catastrophe, not its physical effects, said Michael Oppenheimer, director of the Environment Program at the Center for Global Development.
“It’s the way it affects the way we see the world,” he said.
“You get a feeling of belonging.
It’s like a sense of belonging.”
Most beautiful disasters are often accompanied by significant economic and social losses.
In the event of a catastrophic storm, floods, or drought, a nation could experience a major economic loss, a significant social loss, and the loss of infrastructure, said Richard Healy, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
But most disasters are not catastrophic in the way a catastrophic weather event can be.
The US and Europe are among the few nations that have not experienced a pandemic.
“Most of these disasters are caused by natural phenomena, not human activity,” said Healy.
“In a disaster, it’s about the people.”
For example, the 2010 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan killed more than 12,000 people, according to the US government.
The United States is currently undergoing a major cleanup effort, and a large swath of the country remains without power or running water.
Some regions are expected to receive a partial recovery from the disaster.
The 2011 earthquake in Nepal, which killed more that 10,000, is considered by the US and other world leaders to be the most beautiful disaster of all time.
But the devastation caused by the earthquake was not immediately apparent in China and many other countries, said Heales.
“A lot of these crises are not caused by climate change,” he told Al Jazeera.
“They’re caused by human-caused climate change.”
The destruction caused by floods and mudslashes, for example, was not visible in the US during the flooding that affected New York City and New Jersey, he said, citing a new study by the University and the US Geological Survey.
But in the aftermath of the flooding, there were many more floods and landslides in the United States.
“I don’t think people have a very good sense of what’s really going on in the world right now,” Healy said.
Many of the more beautiful disasters were caused by social and economic forces that are also not part of climate change.
For example: A series of devastating storms that killed thousands of people in the Philippines in the early 2000s.
In a devastating flood, many homes were submerged and many buildings were destroyed.
Many communities suffered economic and societal losses.
A series from India, the world leader in landslides, in 2011.
The landslide that wiped out villages in Bihar province in 2014 left millions of people homeless.
The landslides killed dozens of people and caused a major fire in the village of Shirdi in India’s western state of Uttar Pradesh.
“There is an important distinction between natural disasters and human-made disasters,” said John M. Leshner, a geographer at the US Army Corps of Engineers.
“Human-causing climate change is not going to affect natural disasters.”
In fact, “natural disasters tend to have more people, are more severe and they tend to last longer,” Leshneder said.
Climate change could have been the main reason for the Philippines’ devastating floods in 2001 and the landslide in Bihar in 2014, he added.
“Climate change is likely to have a big impact on these catastrophes,” Lefebvre said.