Did someone mess with Mother Nature?

According to data released by Munich Re, 2011 has already set the mark for the most costly year on record for natural disaster losses throughout the planet.

Over the first half of 2011, catastrophes such as the Japan tsunami, New Zealand earthquake and tornadoes in the U.S. have caused a staggering $265 billion in economic losses. The prior record was set in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit and helped to generate some $220 billion in losses (that figure was adjusted for inflation).

Munich Re is an international re-insurance company that tracks these types of loss results.

The Japan earthquake and tsunami that devastated that nation in March resulted in some $210 billion in economic loss alone. New Zealand's earthquake in February cause $20 billion in losses; the outbreak of twisters in the U.S. caused $7.5 billion in losses; and Australia's floods this past winter caused $7.3 billion in losses.