Tornadoes kill people and destroy townships in central US pretty much every year -- 2011 had an exceptionally high body count, driven in part by a single tornado that wiped out a town and killed over 150 people, but it's usually 20 or 30 minimum even in a quiet year. The Great Tohoku earthquake of 2011 actually killed very few, probably under a hundred people and they were the first substantial deaths from an earthquake in Japan for over a decade. The tsunami that followed killed about 20,000 people but it was the first really serious tsunami for a long time and from the records the biggest to hit Japan in a millennium.
The second biggest death toll in 2011 in japan was from a couple of typhoons that his the south of Honshu in the autumn, killing over 90 people. Japan is just a dangerous place. Then again the annual death toll in the US from firearms balances things out somewhat.