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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.

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.

Why the Inside of a Tornado Gets Super Cold, Leaves You Gasping for Air

Why does the air inside a tornado get extremely cold? Learn more about new tornado analysis in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Is a Double Hurricane Something You Should Start Freaking Out About?

What is a double hurricane? Learn more about double hurricanes and the Fujiwhara Effect in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Could Humans Force a Volcanic Eruption?

In 1991, Mount Pinatubo's eruption blasted material 25 miles into the air. What if we wanted to stop that from happening in the first place? See more »

China's Great Flood May No Longer Be Just a Myth

Sometimes myths aren't entirely made up. That's the case with China's legendary Great Flood. See more »

Saguaro Cacti Thrive When the World's Massive Volcanoes Erupt, Study Finds

One researcher looked into how volcano eruptions on one side of the globe affect cacti on the other. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

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 »

Evidence Two Ancient Tsunamis Reshaped Mars Points to Potential for Life

Asteroid strikes created mega-tsunamis in Mars' oceans. Learn more about these tsunamis on Mars in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

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?

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 »

Do tornadoes really avoid mountains?

Tornadoes are pretty unstoppable, but mountains can definitely hold their own too. Learn if tornadoes really avoid mountains at HowStuffWorks. See more »