25 Hardest To Forget Disaster Photographs

Posted by on August 6, 2012

In the past 100 years the world has seen its share of disaster and with the advancement of photographic technology it has become progressively easier to document it. Some of the photos in this list were chosen because of their surreal nature while other were chosen due to their shock factor. Either way though, these are the 25 hardest to forget disaster photographs in recent history.


Haiti Earthquake (2010)

Haiti EarthquakeResulting in over 300,000 deaths and leaving over a tenth of Haiti’s population homeless, the country is still in shambles to this day.

Hurricane Katrina (2005)

Hurricane Katrina (2005)Even to this day New Orleans hasn’t fully recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

The Great Kanto Earthquake (1923)

The Great Kanto Earthquake (1923)In 1923 a devastating earthquake shook Japan. The photo you see here was the aftermath of a fire tornado decimating a refugee camp with almost 40,000 people.

Hungary Disaster (2010)

Hungary Disaster (2010)After a reservoir exploded in Hungary in 2010 both animals and people were smothered and burned by the acidic and forceful blast.

Bhola Cyclone (1970)

Bhola Cyclone (1970)The year 1970 was not nice to the countries of Bangladesh and India. With the Bhola cyclone enfulfing the two nations they experienced one of the worst natural disasters in history with over half a million casualties.

Mt. St. Helens Eruption (1980)

Mt. St. Helens Eruption (1980)Spewing ash and gas over 15 miles into the atmosphere and blanketing more than 11 states with ash, vehicles over 10 miles from the blast were melted like candle sticks from the mindblowing heat.

Pakistan Floods (2010)

Pakistan Floods (2010)When almost a fifth of Pakistan was flooded in 2010 thousands of people died due to an outbreak of diseases like malaria, cholera, and diarrhea.

The Great Smog (1952)

The Great Smog (1952)As a result of some strange weather patterns almost all of London’s coal emissions were redirected right back down on the city. Because the city already has a good bit of gray fogginess to it no one noticed anything unusual until thousands of people had already died.

Queensland Floods (2010)

Queensland Floods (2010)In 2010 nearly the entire Australian state of Queensland was declared a disaster zone after severe flood destroyed the region and caused massive evacuations.

East Coast Superstorm (1993)

East Coast Superstorm (1993)Known as the Storm of the Century, the entire eastern seaboard of the United States was affected. Several hundred people died in snowstorms while dozens more were lost at sea and numerous houses crashed into the ocean up and down the coast.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2010)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2010)Also known as the BP Oil Spill, it flowed unabated for three months into the Gulf of Mexico causing extensive damage to marine life and severely crippling the fishing and tourism industries.

Mecca Stampede (1990)

 Mecca Stampede (1990)In recent years Mecca has been the site of numerous deadly incidents resulting from uncontrollable stampedes.

Lake Nyos Outgassing (1986)

Lake Nyos Outgassing (1986)After a deadly cloud of carbon dioxide gas covered the country of Cameroon in 1986 over 1,700 people lost their lives along with a number of animals and livestock. The cloud was emitted by Lake Nyos that sits atop a long dormant volcano. Apparently deadly gasses had built up in the lake crater over hundreds of years.

Guatemala Sinkhole (2007)

Guatemala Sinkhole (2007)In 2007 about a dozen homes in downtown Guatemala City slid down into a sinkhole about 30 stories deep.

Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004)

Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004)The tsunami began in the Indian Ocean as a result of the 3rd largest earthquake on record and ended with over a quarter million people dead.
David Pegg


After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • Reallyme Iswear

    How is the Hindenburg not on this list?

  • angel alcala

    isn’t there supposed to be the Halifax explosion?

  • Cardell

    Isn’t Chernobyl on this page?
    I think it should be the first one or, at least, one of the firsts…