The wildfires that raged through Northern California this past November were an unwelcome reminder of the potential overwhelmingly destructive power of natural disasters. The fires – which were the most destructive in California’s history – destroyed nearly 14,000 homes. The death toll currently stands at 85.This devastating event was one of hundreds of natural disasters to occur across the world this year – many of which left even greater carnage in their wake. Throughout 2018, various nations suffered floods, storms, fires, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and heat waves that left death and destruction behind. In addition to the human toll, these weather disasters have caused billions of dollars in economic and infrastructural damage.