10 most costly U.S. catastrophes
Peril Date Cost when occurred Cost in 2006 dollars
Hurricane Katrina Aug. 2005 $40,600,000,000 $42,390,000,000
Hurricane Andrew Aug. 1992 $15,500,000,000 $22,530,000,000
WTC, Pentagon attacks Sept. 2001 $18,800,000,000 $21,640,000,000
Northridge, Calif., earthquake Jan. 1994 $12,500,000,000 $17,200,000,000
Hurricane Wilma Oct. 2005 $10,300,000,000 $10,750,000,000
Hurricane Charlie Aug. 2004 $7,475,000,000 $8,068,000,000
Hurricane Ivan Sept. 2004 $7,110,000,000 $7,674,000,000
Hurricane Hugo Sept. 1989 $4,195,000,000 $6,898,000,000
Hurricane Rita Sept. 2005 $5,000,000,000 $5,220,000,000
Hurricane Frances Sept. 2004 $4,595,000,000 $4,960,000,000
Notes:

1. Dollar amounts refer to property and business interruption losses only and do not include life and liability losses.

2. Dollars adjusted for inflation using the CPI calculator provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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