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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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Where did the idea of a 2012 apocalypse come from?

You've probably heard people whispering about the end of the world coming up in 2012. But how do they know for certain? Where did the rumor start?


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 »

Do tornadoes really avoid mountains?

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 »

Are underpasses safe during a tornado?

Are underpasses safe during a tornado?

Underpasses may seem like adequate shelter, but think again. Learn if underpasses are really safe during tornadoes at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can a tornado cross a river?

Can a tornado cross a river?

Tornados can swirl, expand and hover, but can they swim? Learn if a tornado can cross a river at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can a waterspout turn into a tornado?

Can a waterspout turn into a tornado?

Water and tornadoes is a bad mix. Learn more about waterspouts turning into tornadoes at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do tornadoes disproportionately strike trailer parks?

Do tornadoes disproportionately strike trailer parks?

If you live in a mobile home park, are you more likely to be hit by a tornado? Find out if tornadoes strike trailer parks more than other areas. See more »

Do tornadoes really avoid cities?

Do tornadoes really avoid cities?

Based on news reports, it seems tornadoes are selective about their location targets. Learn if tornadoes really avoid cities at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Ways the Earth Is Trying to Kill You

10 Ways the Earth Is Trying to Kill You

Life on our planet is fraught with danger. Learn how the Earth is trying to kill you at HowStuffWorks. See more »