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Damaged and Destroyed Cities

Can you name these cities that suffered at the hands of humans or mother nature?
If multiple answers fit, guess the most populous
Quiz by WolfCam
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Last updated: March 4, 2019
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First submittedJanuary 9, 2019
Times taken30,564
Average score65.0%
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City
2010
Struck by an earthquake that killed at least 100,000 people
Port-au-Prince
2005
Flooded by Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans
1986
Abandoned after a nuclear meltdown
Chernobyl
1945
Struck by an atomic bomb
Hiroshima
1945
Struck by an atomic bomb
Nagasaki
1923
Devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake
Tokyo
1906
Hit by an earthquake followed by a fire
San Francisco
1864
Burned by Union general William Tecumseh Sherman
Atlanta
1814
Burned by British Troops during the War of 1812
Washington D.C.
1812
Burned by its residents right before Napoleon captured it
Moscow
1666
Burned after a fire that started in Pudding Lane
London
1521
Leveled by Hernan Cortés and the Spanish
Tenochtitlan
1258
Sacked by the Mongols, ending the Islamic Golden Age
Baghdad
1204
Sacked during the Fourth Crusade, as crusaders forgot about the Holy Land
and instead looted this greatest of Christian cities
Constantinople
845
Plundered by Vikings who sailed up the Seine
Paris
455
Sacked by the Vandals
Rome
79
Destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius
Pompeii or
Herculaneum
70
Nearly leveled by the Romans. Its famous temple would never be rebuilt.
Jerusalem
146 B.C.
Destroyed by Roman general Scipio Africanus at the end
of the Third Punic War
Carthage
480 B.C.
Razed by the Persian emperor Xerxes after the Battle of Thermopylae
Athens
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Level 88
Mar 4, 2019
Pripyat should be accepted for the nuclear meltdown question. It was the most populous town to be evacuated.
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Level 84
Mar 5, 2019
I was going to say the same
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Level 82
Mar 5, 2019
It worked for me
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Level 88
Mar 6, 2019
Yeh it's been added as an answer.
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Level 69
Mar 5, 2019
If you accept Istanbul for Constantinople, you should also accept Mexico City for Tenochtitlan.
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Level 87
Mar 5, 2019
Agreed
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Level 74
Mar 5, 2019
Agreed! Please accept Mexico City. For those of us who wouldn't stand a chance in an Aztec spelling bee.
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Level 65
May 11, 2019
Aztec spelling bee, haha!
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Level 50
Feb 16, 2023
Accept Mexico City please
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Level 69
May 12, 2019
It took me SO long to spell Tenochtitlan right.
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Level 77
Mar 5, 2019
Intresting how the event from the war of 1812 happened in 1814 and then again a whole other war that happened in 1812 is not called that. I mean, a lot of warring was going on in 1812. Even wikipedia has a disambiguation page.
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Level 73
May 11, 2019
Perhaps because the Napoleonic Wars started long before 1812, and the war of 1812 started, well, in 1812. When historians give up, they usually name wars based on the year they started in.
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Level 27
Mar 5, 2019
Suggestion:

One to add could be Dresden (WWII)

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Level 69
Mar 10, 2019
Or a lot other cities between the Rhine and the Volga during WW2.
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Level 63
Feb 16, 2023
When it comes to destruction in WWII, as far as I know Minsk was one of the most destroyed, practically levelled cities when the Germans retreated. And if I am not mistaken, Königsberg was destroyed partly by Germans, not to leave it for Soviets and partly by Soviets while trying to capture it - resulting in complete destruction.
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Level 71
Feb 16, 2023
Dresden was probably the most famous bombed city.
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Level 72
Mar 23, 2020
Could add Coventry or East End of London for that matter. And Caen.
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Level 64
Feb 16, 2023
And Warsaw, and Rotterdam, and Guernica...
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Level 56
Jun 16, 2023
York
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Level 70
Mar 9, 2019
Syria should be an answer at this point.
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Level 75
Mar 12, 2019
Syria isn't a city
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Level 70
Mar 16, 2019
Pick one and add it, start with Aleppo.
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Level 74
Apr 13, 2021
What is Aleppo?
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Level 82
May 11, 2019
Aleppo, Kobani, Homs, or even Damascus would be worthy inclusions. Plus dozens of other less-well-known.
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Level 77
Mar 29, 2019
Great Chicago Fire?
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Level 68
May 11, 2019
I feel like the Scipio Africanus clue is slightly misleading as there are two famous Scipios- the clue is referring to Scipio Africanus the Younger- and perhaps should reflect that.

I do appreciate this is just the most minor point in the world though.

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Level 67
May 11, 2019
Suggestion: Changsha in 1938 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_Changsha_fire
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Level 73
May 11, 2019
Of course the one city I didn't get was the one that happened just recently. Also could I make suggestion to add Persepolis in 330 BCE by Alexander the Great?
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Level 88
May 11, 2019
This quiz is aching for the yellow box treatment.
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Level 56
May 11, 2019
Amazing how the most recent event is one of the most failed.
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Level 65
May 11, 2019
Warsaw would be a good inclusion. It was reduced to rubble by the Nazis.
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Level 82
May 12, 2019
and the Mongols? Or was that just Krakow?
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Level 28
May 13, 2019
Kraków
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Level 82
May 16, 2019
Or in English: Krakow.
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Level 39
May 12, 2019
Great quiz! Somewhat expected to see Aleppo or Chicago on here.
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Level 53
May 12, 2019
It's odd that so few people (including me) got Port-au-Prince, given that it happened in living memory of basically everyone taking the quiz.
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Level 82
May 13, 2019
Maybe they don't know what the capital of Haiti is.
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Level 74
Feb 16, 2023
This one is an outlier in that every other question has to do with US history or European history. The way history gets passed along is mostly repetition of the same important events, so we've heard them again and again. This new one could not have been repeated as much, for obvious reasons. And it probably never will, for reasons having to do with it not being salient to the stories of powerful people (i.e. history). If the question stays on this quiz, the success rate will probably continue to decline.
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Level 70
Feb 16, 2023
I think it probably has more to do with the clue being much more generic than the others. Plenty of cities have been hit by major earthquakes and I don't think most people are going to remember exactly which city was hit when and how many people died.
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Level 65
Feb 18, 2023
This comment made me realize there are some teenagers who were born after the earthquakes.

What???

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Level 41
Aug 6, 2019
Where's Rotterdam? Rotterdam got destroyed during WWII.
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Level 74
Apr 13, 2021
It's in the Netherlands.
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Level 66
Feb 16, 2023
Oh that's right! Rotterdam was the city that got destroyed during WWII!
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Level 58
Apr 7, 2020
Pripyat was much more damaged than the city of Chernobyl. I think it should be the default answer
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Level 51
May 28, 2020
So weird that only 44% got Port-au-Prince.
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Level 65
Feb 10, 2021
Maybe add Homes, Syria? This is the first that came to my mind.
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Level 86
Dec 7, 2021
Another fantastic quiz from the wolfman
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Level 71
Nov 18, 2022
Got 17/20, but would've got 18 if I didn't forget the spelling every time and type "Technotitlan". Those Aztecs loved their raves apparently.
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Level 55
Dec 4, 2022
I can't spell tenchotitchonitkotitlan...
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Level 50
Feb 16, 2023
We're trying to get this man to accept Mexico City for it, since it's the same place.
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Level 64
Dec 19, 2022
I was half expecting to find Lisbon on the list, as its destruction at the hands of the massive 1755 earthquake is one of the most famous destructive events to hit a city in history. But I guess these quizzes can never be an exhaustive list.
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2023
Just missed San Francisco and Port-au-Prince
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Level 62
Feb 16, 2023
"Struck by an atomic bomb" ... by whom?

every item includes the perpetrator except these ones.

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Level 50
Feb 16, 2023
This is an interesting thing to bring up, except for the fact that no specification is required here. Everyone in the world knows that the U.S. nuked Japan.
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Level 56
Jun 16, 2023
No, I'm pretty sure it was the Nauruans.
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Level 76
Feb 16, 2023
The others need specifications. Lots of cities have been burned, sacked, leveled, or destroyed, but only two have been struck by atomic bombs.
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Level 63
Feb 16, 2023
Somehow one of my first thoughts was Santiago de Chile - didn't they have a serious earthquake around 100 years ago?
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Level 51
Feb 16, 2023
Had the same thought. Weird
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Level 47
Feb 16, 2023
You meant Valdivia, Chile, 1960?
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2023
Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal at the Battle of Zama in 202 BC. He was just called Scipio then; the Africanus was an honorific granted by the Senate after his victory in Africa. His adoptive grandson, Scipio Aemilianus, was the general who razed Carthage in 146.

Aemilianus could be called Africanus the Younger but I've never once read that, so I would suggest changing the display name to Aemilianus rather than Africanus.

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Level 45
Feb 16, 2023
I would add also Warsaw or Manila for WW2
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Level 50
Feb 16, 2023
He could also add Singapore, Hamburg, London, or even one of the cities around Pearl Harbor (Honolulu was only a few miles away) in regards to WWII. I don't think it would be a good idea to add too many WWII questions outside of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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Level 48
Feb 18, 2023
Lightly damaged and practically destroyed are different thing. London was never destroyed, Singapore too as far as I know. Warsaw, Manila or Hamburg (Operation Gomorrah as a first major allied attack to completely wipe out German city) would be great additions.
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2023
seeing this quiz after an earthquake destroyed several cities in my country...
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Level 50
Feb 16, 2023
Turkey or Syria?
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Level 51
Feb 16, 2023
What about Tunis for Carthage? Tell me if I'm wrong
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2023
Tunis is a tiny bit more inland, Carthage (on a peninsula) is now a suburb of Tunis
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Level 50
Feb 16, 2023
Cool quiz, got all but the last one
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Level 58
Feb 16, 2023
44
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Level 57
Feb 16, 2023
very good quiz but the great chicago fire should definitely be added, as a lot of chicago was destroyed by it.
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Level 60
Feb 16, 2023
does anyone actually guess herculaneum lol
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Level 66
Feb 17, 2023
Mariupol must be added
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Level 68
Jun 24, 2023
I confused Tenochtitlan with Teotihuacan :/
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Level 62
Sep 3, 2023
i typed "istanul" at the very last second and i didn't get a chance to edit it