An occurrence inflicting widespread destruction and distress
Public calamity was added to private bereavement.
It suffered severe calamity from an earthquake, which in 1839 destroyed the greater part of the city.
His death was the great calamity of Scotland, and is lamented in a famous fragment of early Scottish verse.
It still depends on Your Majesty to preserve humanity from the calamity of another war.
Then these two nations entered upon that long tragedy of the Hundred Years' War, a calamity absolutely immeasurable to both.