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Hurricane Sandy

Sandy: A Loss Comparison


On Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. EDT, Hurricane Sandy made landfall 5 miles (10 km) south of Atlantic City, N.J., near 39 degrees 24 minutes north latitude and 74 degrees 30 minutes west longitude

Photograph by NOAA/NASA/University of Wisconsin-

On Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. EDT, Hurricane Sandy made landfall 5 miles (10 km) south of Atlantic City, N.J., near 39 degrees 24 minutes north latitude and 74 degrees 30 minutes west longitude

Hurricane Sandy was among the most devastating storms recorded on the U.S. East Coast, even with the losses still being tallied. The costs in lives and dollars are tragic, but Sandy’s toll is less than those of many recent catastrophes. Cyclone Nargis killed 138,000 people when it ravaged Myanmar in May 2008. Sandy cut power for 8 million customers; a grid failure in India this summer left 640 million in the dark. Here’s how Sandy compares, so far, with Hurricane Katrina and with the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.

John_tozzi
Tozzi is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.
Applegate is a contributing graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek. Follow him on Twitter @evanapplegate.

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