The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), located in the School of Public Health of the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, is an essential source for journalists. It maintains a global Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) and a comprehensive record of natural hazards. You can use their database to find information about past disasters by country, date and hazard type.
The Nat Cat service is another highly regarded database that is maintained by the Research and Development Department of Munich Reinsurance (Munich Re), in Munich, Germany. It provides information about major and technological natural catastrophes that have occurred around the world since 1965.
Another major global reinsurance company, Swiss Reinsurance (Swiss Re), maintains specific data on natural hazards and catastrophes since the 1970s. Some of this information is provided through its SIGMA publication, published eight times a year. Swiss Re also publishes an annual review, which summarizes annual data on disaster incidence and analyses, trends in risk, exposure and commercial insurance considerations in several languages.