Increasing Disasters?
In USA Today of 20 Jan 1994, the following list of “Most Costly US Disasters” was published (in 1991-94 dollars):
Hurricane Andrew (1992):  $30 billion
LA earthquake (1994):  $30 billion
Midwest flooding (1993):  $12 billion
Hurricane Hugo (1989):  $5.9 billion
SF Bay earthquake (1989):  $5.9 billion
SF earthquake (1906):  $5.1 billion
Tropical storm Agnes (1972):  $4.7 billion
Southeastern drought (1986):  $3 billion
Oakland CA fire (1991):  $1.5 billion
Chicago fire (1871): $1.5 billion