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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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How Sinkholes Work

We tend to think of the ground beneath our feet as terra firma, but sometimes it's as stable as a house of cards. What happens when the Earth opens up to swallow homes, cars and people?


Quiz: Real Natural Disaster or Movie Natural Disaster?

 Quiz: Real Natural Disaster or Movie Natural Disaster?

Did Mount St. Helens really erupt in downtown Los Angeles? Sort real natural disasters from movie ones by taking this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Worst Natural Disasters Quiz

 The Worst Natural Disasters Quiz

Nature is one mother you don't want to mess with. Test your knowledge of the worst natural disasters with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On: Historical Earthquakes Quiz

 Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On: Historical Earthquakes Quiz

Some earthquakes have been devastating enough to cause major changes. Test your knowledge of historical earthquakes with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Rogue Wave Quiz

 Rogue Wave Quiz

Rogue waves can appear seemingly out of nowhere, causing mayhem and death. Take our rogue wave quiz to learn more. See more »

Famous Volcanoes Quiz

 Famous Volcanoes Quiz

Volcanoes are both terrifying and beautiful to behold. How much do you know about these famous volcanoes? Take our famous volcanoes quiz. See more »

Volcanic Eruptions Quiz

 Volcanic Eruptions Quiz

Volcanic eruptions remind us of Earth's primal power. Test your knowledge of these lava-scorched events with our volcanic eruptions quiz. See more »

Weird Geological Formations Quiz

 Weird Geological Formations Quiz

How much do you know about the weird geological formations in our world? Find out with our quiz See more »

10 Times Humanity Fought Against Nature (and Won)

 10 Times Humanity Fought Against Nature (and Won)

Wrangling Mother Nature has successfully saved many lives, even if, a few times, it's literally blown up in our faces. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Should you get in your bathtub during a tornado?

 Should you get in your bathtub during a tornado?

Should you get in your bathtub during a tornado? Read on to find out why — and why not. See more »

Should you open your windows during a tornado?

 Should you open your windows during a tornado?

Some say opening the windows in your house makes a tornado cause less damage. Read on to find out if you should open windows during a tornado. See more »