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One Honeymoon, 6 Natural Disasters for Swedish Couple

There's unlucky and then there's really unlucky. Like this Swedish couple who have been involved in not one but six natural disasters during their four-month honeymoon, according to a report in the UK newspaper The Telegraph.

Clouds form over the central business district on Cairns waterfront as Queenslanders brace themsleves for Cyclone Yasi on February 1, 2011 in Cairns, Australia.
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Clouds form over the central business district on Cairns waterfront as Queenslanders brace themsleves for Cyclone Yasi on February 1, 2011 in Cairns, Australia.

Stefan and Erika Svanstrom began their run of bad luck when they left Stockholm, Sweden on December 6 and were stranded in Munich, Germany, thanks to one of Europe's worst snowstorms, the paper said.

After that, the ill-fated couple flew to Cairns, Australia, which was then hit by a cyclone. They were forced to shelter for 24 hours on the floor of a shopping center with 2,500 others, the Telegraph reported.

Following that, the Svanstroms headed to Brisbane, which was in the midst of a massive flood. So they decided to go to Perth where they then encountered raging bush fires.

Still determined to continue their travels despite their run-ins with those natural disasters, the newspaper reported that the couple and their daughter flew to Christchurch, New Zealand, only to be confronted by the devastation caused by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the city on February 22.

Damage on Manchester street in Christchurch, New Zealand
Damage on Manchester street in Christchurch, New Zealand

"When we got there the whole town was a war zone," Mrs Svanstrom told Sweden's Expressen newspaper. "We could not visit the city since it was completely blocked off, so instead we travelled around before going to Japan."

And a few days after the Svanstroms arrived in the Japan, Tokyo was struck by the country's worst earthquake since records began.

"The trembling was horrible and we saw roof tiles fly off the buildings," Mr Svantrom - who also survived the Boxing Day tsunami that hit southeast Asia in 2004 - said in the interview with Expressen. "It was like the buildings were swaying back and forth."

The family went on to finally enjoy a holiday in China before returning home safe and sound on March 29, according to The Telegraph.