Sudden disaster of immense proportions that has severe consequences, often accompanied by destruction of assets and/or loss of life.

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  • It would be a catastrophe if there was a melt down at a nuclear power plant as the radiation would not only kill people in the surrounding areas immediately, the area would be uninhabitable for years.

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  • Although I didn't think it was so bad, my sister insisted that the pimple on her nose was an absolute CATASTROPHE.

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  • A catastrophe was prevented very narrowly as I checked the warehouse one last time before leaving, that is when I saw the fire.

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