NATURAL DISASTERS

Unpredictable forces of nature like tornadoes and hurricanes can have a devastating impact on humans and our environment. Learn how natural disasters work and how science aims to better predict them.
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Could you really outrun a blast of deadly cold?

You're on a winter hike on a snowy path through the mountains when an icy blast of cold air swoops in. It's about to get dangerously cold, and you have a decision to make. Should you stay where you are or try to outrun the deadly cold?

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  • 10 Myths About Surviving a Tornado

    10 Myths About Surviving a Tornado

    To stay safe during a tornado, it's important to separate fact from fiction. Should you open windows during a storm? Is one corner of the basement safer than another? We answer those questions and more. See more »

  • 10 Ways the Earth Is Trying to Kill You

    10 Ways the Earth Is Trying to Kill You

    Mother Earth seems to have a love/hate thing going on with humans. While the planet we call home has all the essentials we need for life, it also has some nasty — and deadly — surprises. See more »

  • 10 Worst Hurricanes of All Time

    10 Worst Hurricanes of All Time

    You don't want to go to a party if Mitch, Katrina and Andrew are some of the guests. Which hurricanes are considered the most destructive, and how many deaths did they cause? See more »

  • 5 Incredible Last-ditch Efforts to Avert Disaster

    5 Incredible Last-ditch Efforts to Avert Disaster

    The path to disaster or salvation can be decided by the flick of a wrist -- it often all comes down to the wisdom of those final, Hail Mary schemes. What are five of the most incredible? See more »

  • 5 Most Bizarre Year 2012 Predictions

    5 Most Bizarre Year 2012 Predictions

    As the clock ticks closer to Dec. 21, 2012, discussion regarding what exactly will happen to the world and human civilization continues to heat up. What are some of the wackier conspiracy theories about the year 2012? See more »

  • 5 Tips for Heat Wave Safety

    5 Tips for Heat Wave Safety

    Summer is a time for beach fun, backyard barbecues and liberating sunshine. But Mother Nature can also be dangerous if you don't give her proper respect. Here are several keys to staying safe in the swelter. See more »

  • 5 Tips for Thunderstorm Safety

    5 Tips for Thunderstorm Safety

    Without question, nature can produce beautiful light shows. Add wind, rain and hail, and you have an awe-inspiring event. But thunderstorms are not to be taken lightly. Here's how to stay safe as Mother Nature displays her strength. See more »

  • Apocalypse Now? A 2012 Survival Guide

    Apocalypse Now? A 2012 Survival Guide

    With everything from geomagnetic reversals to serious solar flares forecast for 2012, a person has to have a plan for scraping by at the end of the world. We're happy to help. See more »

  • Are tornadoes getting stronger?

    Are tornadoes getting stronger?

    Some of the most expensive tornadoes in American history have touched down in the past few years, leading researchers to wonder whether they're getting stronger. Are tornadoes really becoming more destructive? See more »

  • Are underpasses safe during a tornado?

    Are underpasses safe during a tornado?

    If only all tornadoes took us to the Land of Oz. Unfortunately, they only force us to seek safe shelter. If you're driving with a twister on the horizon, is it safe to ride out the tornado in an underpass? See more »

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