The worst natural disasters of 2016

By Josh King for Veuer

2016 was one for the record books in many ways, one of which were the natural disasters that hit regions around the world.

The year started off with winter storm Jonas, called 'The Storm of the Century' by some, when a record amount of snow pummeled much of the Northeast and left 48 people dead.

In early February, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan.

The worst natural disasters of 2016

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NEW YORK, USA - JANUARY 24: Residents attempt to dig their cars out the snow in New York City, NY on January 24, 2016, after the winter storm Jonas hit New York and Washington. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TAINAN, TAIWAN - FEBRUARY 06: Rescue personnel search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building on February 6, 2016 in Tainan, Taiwan. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling several buildings and killing at least two people in Tainan, according to local news reports. (Photo by Ashley Pon/Getty Images)
LOWER LAKE, CA - JULY 30: A firefighter from Windsor, California, walks next to a wall of flames as he starts a back fire in tall dry grass while battling the Rocky Fire on July 30, 2015 in Lower Lake, California. More than 600 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that has grown to 8,000 acres since it started yesterday afternoon. The fire is currently zero percent contained and has destroyed three homes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SORRENTO, LA - AUGUST 17: Travis Guedry and his dog Ziggy glide through floodwaters keeping an eye out for people in need on August 17, 2016 in Sorrento, Louisiana. Tremendous downpours have resulted in disastrous flooding, responsible for at least seven deaths and thousands of homes being damaged. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AMATRICE , ITALY AUGUST 30: Firefighters continue removing rubble near the bell tower in Amatrice, central Italy on August 30, 2016 Italy. Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the night of August 24, 2016, which has killed at least 293 people and devastated dozens of houses in the Lazio village of Pescara del Tronto, Accumoli and Amatrice. (Photo by Stefano Montesi/Corbis via Getty Images)
In this photo taken on August 26, 2016, a Buddha statue is seen past rubble in a damaged pagoda after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)
Marie walks next to her damaged house by Hurricane Matthew, in the village of Labeyi, in the commune of Chardonnieres, in the southwestern Haiti, on November 3, 2016, while she burning the debris left by the hurricane. At least 546 people were killed when Hurricane Matthew roared ashore one month ago, on October 4, packing winds of 145 miles (230 kilometers) per hour. / AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - This aerial photo taken and received on November 14, 2016 shows earthquake damage to State Highway One near Ohau Point on the South Island's east coast. A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed two people and caused massive infrastructure damage in New Zealand, but officials said on November 14 they were optimistic the death toll would not rise further. The jolt, one of the most powerful ever recorded in the quake-prone South Pacific nation, hit just after midnight near the South Island coastal town of Kaikoura. / AFP / POOL / Mark MITCHELL (Photo credit should read MARK MITCHELL/AFP/Getty Images)
PIDIE, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 07: Houses of worship destroyed by the earthquake of 6.4 magnitude on December 7, 2016 in Pidie, Aceh Province, Indonesia. An undersea earthquake struck Indonesia's northern Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 54 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse and many people are feared trapped under rubble. (Photo by Getty Images)
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The death toll reached 116, and the local disaster response team said most of the fatalities came from the collapse of a high-rise tower.

California had a brutal summer of wildfires, with hundreds of homes destroyed and hundreds of thousands of acres burned.

At one point in August, more than 10,000 firefighters were battling 14 active fires throughout the state, according to a map from Cal Fire.

In August, historic flooding hit Louisiana in what the Red Cross called the worst natural disaster in the US since Hurricane Sandy. Thirteen people died, and thousands lost everything they owned. One part of the state was hit with over 30 inches of rain in just 15 hours.

Later in August, powerful earthquakes hit Italy and then Myanmar on the same day. The two were not related, but show how seismically volatile our planet is, according to USA Today.

On August 24th, central Italy was rocked by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake. According to various reports, tremors were felt nearly 100 miles away in Rome. The death toll was estimated at over 240.

Myanmar was hit just hours later by a slightly larger quake that sent tremors across India. Three people were killed.

Earthquake devastates mountain towns in central Italy

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PERUGIA, ITALY - AUGUST 24: Rubble surrounds damaged buildings after a strong earthquake hit San Pellegrino near Norcia on August 24, 201 in Perugia, Italy. Central Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours, which has killed at least three people and devastated dozens of mountain villages. Numerous buildings had collapsed in communities close to the epicenter of the quake near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria, witnesses told Italian media, with an increase in the death toll highly likely (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
PERUGIA, ITALY - AUGUST 24: Rubble surrounds damaged buildings after a strong earthquake hit San Pellegrino near Norcia on August 24, 201 in Perugia, Italy. Central Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours, which has killed at least three people and devastated dozens of mountain villages. Numerous buildings had collapsed in communities close to the epicenter of the quake near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria, witnesses told Italian media, with an increase in the death toll highly likely (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
PERUGIA, ITALY - AUGUST 24: People view a damaged building after a strong earthquake hit San Pellegrino near Norcia on August 24, 201 in Perugia, Italy. Central Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours, which has killed at least three people and devastated dozens of mountain villages. Numerous buildings had collapsed in communities close to the epicenter of the quake near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria, witnesses told Italian media, with an increase in the death toll highly likely (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
A man is rescued alive from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Rescuers work following an earthquake in Accumoli di Rieti, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Scherer
A man is carried away after been rescued alive from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
A man is carried away after having been rescued alive from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
A man is rescued alive from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
A man is carried away after having been rescued alive from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
Rescuers and people walk along a road following an earthquake in Accumoli di Rieti, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Scherer
A damaged house is seen following an earthquake in Accumoli di Rieti, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Scherer
A bust is seen on the ground following an earthquake in Accumoli di Rieti, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Scherer
Rescuers work on a collapsed building following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH A body is carried away by rescuers following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca
A rescuer stands in front of a collapsed building following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A partially collapsed church is seen following an earthquake in Accumoli di Rieti, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Scherer
A collapsed house is seen following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
PERUGIA, ITALY - AUGUST 24: A damaged building is seen after a strong earthquake hit Amatrice on August 24, 201 in Perugia, Italy. Central Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours, which has killed at least three people and devastated dozens of mountain villages. Numerous buildings had collapsed in communities close to the epicenter of the quake near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria, witnesses told Italian media, with an increase in the death toll highly likely (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
AMATRICE, Aug. 24, 2016-- Photo taken on Aug. 24, 2016 shows damaged houses after the earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy. The death toll in a strong earthquake in central Italy has risen to 38, authorities said Wednesday. The 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Rieti at 3:32 a.m. Wednesday, with a shallow depth of 4.2 km, according to the National Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. (Xinhua/Jin Yu via Getty Images)
Rescue and emergency services personnel searches for victims with a dog in the central Italian village of Amatrice, on August 24, 2016 after a powerful earthquake rocked central Italy. A powerful earthquake rattled a remote area of central Italy on August 24, 2016, leaving at least 120 people dead and scenes of carnage in mountain villages. With 368 people injured and an unknown number trapped under rubble, the figure of dead and wounded was expected to rise in the wake of the pre-dawn quake, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Volunteers join rescue and emergency services personnel searching for victims in the central Italian village of Amatrice, on August 24, 2016 after a powerful earthquake rocked central Italy. A powerful earthquake rattled a remote area of central Italy on August 24, 2016, leaving at least 120 people dead and scenes of carnage in mountain villages. With 368 people injured and an unknown number trapped under rubble, the figure of dead and wounded was expected to rise in the wake of the pre-dawn quake, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
PERUGIA, ITALY - AUGUST 24: A damaged building is seen after a strong earthquake hit Amatrice on August 24, 201 in Perugia, Italy. Central Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours, which has killed at least three people and devastated dozens of mountain villages. Numerous buildings had collapsed in communities close to the epicenter of the quake near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria, witnesses told Italian media, with an increase in the death toll highly likely (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
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In early October, Hurricane Matthew brought destruction from the Caribbean to the Southeast US and caused devastating flooding in North Carolina.

In total, 43 people died in the US and hundreds died in the Caribbean. Reuters tallied numbers from local officials and put the death count in Haiti at 1,000.

A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island in November causing a tsunami that forced thousands to evacuate and killed two.

And in early December, a 6.5 earthquake stuck Indonesia killing nearly 100 people.

No tsunami warning was issued, but officials say many people still evacuated out of fear of what happened when a massive quake and tsunami struck the region in 2004.

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