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2012: The year in disasters Add to ...

In October, the International Monetary Fund reported that destruction from natural disasters has increased from an estimated $20 billion on average per year during the 1990s to about $100 billion per year between 2000 and 2010. In the first half of this year, the U.S. accounted for 85% of all losses—and that was before Hurricane Sandy devastated the Eastern Seaboard.