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Billion Dollar U.S. Disasters1
B. Wayne Blanchard, PhD, CEM

September 18, 2008
Part 1: Ranked approximately by Economic Loss:

(Part 2: Listed in Chronological Order – Follows)

Bibliographical Listing of Sources Used at the end


  1. Great Miami Hurricane (18-21 Sep1926). Cat.4-3, FL, AL; death toll uncertain; more than 800 missing. ARC report lists 373 deaths and 6,381 injuries. (NOAA Hurricane History).

$164.839 billion (Using 2006 inflation, pop. and wealth normalization2; Blake et al, 2007, 9)

$160.0 billion (Normalized to 2005 dollars; AIR model modified, in Pielke, et al, 2008)

$157.0 billion (Normalized to 2005 dollars using Pielke/Landsea model; Pielke, et al, 2008)

$139.5 billion (Normalized to 2005 dollars using Collins/Lowe model; Pielke, et al, 2008)

$102.0 billion. (Pielke 2005)

$ 90.0 billion disaster had it occurred in recent times” (NOAA Hurricane History).

$ 77.5 billion (Time Magazine, 1998; citing Pielke and Landsea, adjusted to 1998)

$ 72.3 billion (normalized to 1995 dollars; Pielke et al., 2008)



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