There's a reason why they are numerically labeled Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water.
Earth is by far the most destructive force the mother nature can unleash. If mother nature decided to fuck us all, it's gonna be with the earth.
Fire, wind, or even water, with those, cities can be rebuilt, made stronger to resist such elements. People will be able to move back and get on with their lives.
Water can recede, winds can be blocked, fire can be contained. Earth, there is no way we can contain it, block it, or push it back. We may be able to move it around, but earth is earth; earth is under us and beside us, and if it decides one day to have the fit of all fits... it won't matter how high or how low of sea level where you're standing.
define destructive? and i figure water counts cause it exists in 3 (liquid, solid, gas) states and thus has 3x more damage than most others wind =wind can be any gaseous substance in a substantial amount with a means to induce flow fire = nuclear , plasma , chemical (most) , lightning? earth= rocks(all solid state elements and minerals , silica, metals ? decayed organic compounds?
maybe theres a way to more generalize it.. cause all things have different states and each one could affect the "destructive" behavior gas, liquid , solid , (plasma) , energy ... lol