Natural disaster

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A natural disaster is an event resulting in a large loss of life and/or property, and caused by flooding, volcanoic eruptions, earthquakes, or severe storms such as tornadoes or hurricanes.

Insurance agencies often refer to so-called natural disasters as "Acts of God".[1] Many policies have provisions that companies will not insure against such occurrences. For instance home owner's insurance in southern California does not cover damage done as a result of earthquakes. Earthquake protection must be purchased separately.

The original reference to "Acts of God" in regard to insurance claims came through a court case in 1803.[2]

Emergency resources for the United States

See: Emergency links

See also