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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Can you really fight fire with fire?

At some point in your life, a coach may have enthusiastically told you to "fight fire with fire." Coach, of course, was speaking metaphorically. Do firefighters actually employ this strategy?

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  • Can you really outrun a tornado?

    Can you really outrun a tornado?

    A tornado warning has just been activated in your area. Should you hunker down where you are, or should you hop in your vehicle and drive away? Trying to outrun a tornado sounds like a reasonable idea, but is it really? See more »

  • Can you really outrun a volcano?

    Can you really outrun a volcano?

    In the movies it looks so easy. A team of scientists are working near the crater of a volcano when it suddenly erupts. They jump in their vehicle and outrace the surging lava flow to safety. In reality, it just doesn't happen that way. See more »

  • Could a single volcanic eruption destroy all life on Earth?

    Could a single volcanic eruption destroy all life on Earth?

    The question about supervolcanoes, it turns out, isn't whether one could destroy all life on Earth. It's when will it do it again. Wait, what? See more »

  • Could Seahawks fans cause a major earthquake?

    Could Seahawks fans cause a major earthquake?

    Seattle Seahawks fans were jumping up and down as their team played in the Super Bowl. Actually, they've been jumping up and down all season. Could all that excited flailing about ever cause the Big One? See more »

  • Could you really outrun a blast of deadly cold?

    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? See more »

  • Did global warming cause Hurricane Sandy?

    Did global warming cause Hurricane Sandy?

    The thought probably crossed your mind. It crossed ours, too. So here's what we found when we investigated the connection between the Frankenstorm and the global issue. See more »

  • Did Nostradamus make any predictions about 2012?

    Did Nostradamus make any predictions about 2012?

    Every time disaster strikes, one man's name arises alongside the obsessive news coverage: Nostradamus. According to some folks, the famed French seer has predicted many of the planet's gloomy twists and turns. What did he have to say about 2012? See more »

  • Does severe weather hype make people under-react?

    Does severe weather hype make people under-react?

    "It sure looks like a catastrophic storm, Bob." Or so it seems that every TV weather reporter says while standing in front of some dramatically swelling waves. But can the drama backfire? Does the hype machine cause people to overlook severe weather? See more »

  • Does the Bible say the world will end in 2012?

    Does the Bible say the world will end in 2012?

    Numerous predictions of a 2012 apocalypse cite the Bible as their source material. But does the good book actually contain this information? See more »

  • Everyday Science: Flood Quiz

    Everyday Science: Flood Quiz

    Floods hold a prominent spot in the creation myths of many cultures, and today they kill more people every year than any other weather phenomenon. How much do you know about floods? See more »

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