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7 cities that rallied after natural disasters

By: Bryan Nelson on June 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
map highlighting New Orleans

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On the rebound

Resilience is one of the reasons the human race has been so successful, and few things demonstrate that resilience better than how we respond to natural disasters. Even when our cities are leveled by nature’s fury, we band together and rebuild.

Natural disasters serve as a reminder of how small and fragile our existence is compared to the grand scheme of life on Earth, but they also inspire us to emerge ever stronger.

To prove it, here's our list of U.S. cities destroyed by natural disasters that have made a comeback.