The Top 10 Costliest Disasters Since 1980

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Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, 2005, $125 billion

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(Kevin Horan/Aurora for USN&WR)

Reinsurance company Munich Re, which compiles data from government reports or officials to rank natural disasters in terms of overall cost, estimates that Hurricane Katrina was the most expensive disaster from 1980 to present.

Next: Great Hanshin earthquake in Japan, 1995, $100 billion