In many cases throughout history, natural disasters have caused destruction on a global scale, with seas often engulfing large masses of land, or resplendent civilizations being swept away by drought, plague or earthquakes.
In the following, we will take a look at some of the most notable disasters the ancient world has seen.
1. The Damghan Earthquake
The Damghan earthquake of 865 AD is considered today to be the 5th most destructive earthquake in recorded history.
With its epicenter estimated at right under Damghan – the capital of Iran at the time – the 7.9 degree magnitude earthquake has led to the death of more than 200,000 people.