A disaster is a natural or man-made (or technological) hazard resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the environment. A disaster can be ostensively defined as any tragic event stemming from events such as earthquakes, floods, catastrophic accidents, fires, or explosions. It is a phenomenon that can cause damage to life, property and destroy the economic, social and cultural life of people.


  • The formula for achieving a successful relationship: You should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
    • Quentin Crisp, Manners from Heaven: A Divine Guide to Good Behaviour (1984), chapter 7.
  • Disaster is a natural part of my evolution,” Tyler whispered, "toward tragedy and dissolution.”
  • Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster.

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Last modified on 12 April 2014, at 16:38