Perhaps the most devastating natural disaster event of 2015 was the earthquake in Nepal. The 7.9 magnitude quake struck in April just outside of Nepal's capital Kathmandu. More than 9,000 people were reportedly killed by the quake. Many cultural sites were also destroyed. Above: A Nepalese man walks past the rubble of destroyed homes to reach an open space to rest in Bhaktapur, Nepal, April 26, 2015. Photo by Sanjog Manandhar/ UPI | License Photo
Water floods in Texas
President Obama declared a state of emergency in Texas in May after heavy rains covered the state with eight inches of water. Homes were wiped and 22 people died from the floods. Above: A vehicle is seen left stranded on Allen Parkway in Houston, Texas on May 27, 2015. Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/UPI | License Photo
Drought in California
Although the California drought has been a four-year long disaster, California governor Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water restrictions in 2015 for the first time ever after the entire state was declared to be in drought conditions.
Above: A sign in the the front yard of a home in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles urges conserving water on April 2, 2015. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo
Volcanic eruption in Chile
Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted in April 2015 for the first time in 54 years. The eruption caused about 6,000 local residents to evacuate the area. Dangers from volcanic eruptions include poor air quality and mudslides if rain shortly follows an eruption.
Avobe: Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts on Wednesday April 22, 2015 as seen from Playa Venado, comuna Puerto Varas, X Región in Chile. The volcano erupted twice in a period of 24 hours, marking its first eruption since 1961. Photo by Nicolás Bergström/UPI
Earthquake off the coast of Japan
An 8.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Japan back in May 2015. While the quake caused very minor damage and did not trigger a tsunami warning, citizens were alerted because of the 2011 tsunami, which was triggered by an earthquake just off the coast of Japan. Above: A vendor sells pots of morning glory during the opening day of the Morning Glory Fair "Asagao-Ichi" in Tokyo, Japan, on July 6, 2015. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI | License Photo
A series of avalanches in Afghanistan's mountainous Panjshir province in February 2015 led to the deaths of 196 Afghanis. The area was said to be hit by more than 40 avalanches over the period of a week. Above: Ishkashim Peak, Afghanistan. Photo by Tracing Tea/Shutterstock
Wildfire in Siberia
Out-of-control wildfires in Russia's Siberian region caused severe damage as they swept through 60 villages and left 23 people dead. Officials blamed the spread of the wildfires in a practice that local farmers use to burn dead grass. Photo by Serg Zastavkin/Shutterstock
Floods that came through the country of Georgia in early June destroyed enclosures to a zoo in Tbilisi. Animals from the zoo escaped and ran through the streets after the fact and residents were warned to stay inside as animals were tracked down. Twelve people died from the effects of the flood. Photo by vicspacewalker/Shutterstock