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A United Nations agency says the deadliest natural disasters of the past decade were earthquakes. The Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters tracked how people died in natural disasters over the past 10 years. Sixty percent of the deaths were by earthquake; the next leading killers were storms and extreme temperatures. Asia suffered the brunt: the most deaths were in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami (triggered by an earthquake); Cyclone Nargis which devastated Myanmar in 2008; the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province, China; and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
The devastating Haiti earthquake that killed tens of thousands on January 12 is not included in this report.
The UN says quakes are an increasing threat because 8 of the world's 10 most populated cities lie on earthquake fault lines.