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Japan Has Worlds Most Expensive Natural Disaster, US Number 1 Most Expensive Man Made Disaster

Japan’s government said the cost of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast could reach $309 billion, making it the world’s most expensive natural disaster on record.

The extensive damage to housing, roads, utilities and businesses across seven prefectures has resulted in direct losses of between 16 trillion yen ($198 billion) and 25 trillion yen ($309 billion), according to a Cabinet Office estimate Wednesday.

The losses figure is considerably higher than other estimates. The World Bank on Monday said damage might reach $235 billion. Investment bank Goldman Sachs had estimated quake damage would be as much as $200 billion.

Though expensive, this pales in comparison to the world’s largest man made disaster of  $700 Billion the US spent to bail out banks and buy back distressed mortgage backed securities.

 

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