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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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What if an asteroid hit the Earth?

There are obvious craters on Earth (and the moon) that show us a long history of large objects hitting the planet. But what if one hit Earth today?


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 »

Do tornadoes only occur in North America?

 Do tornadoes only occur in North America?

Have you ever noticed that tornadoes only seem to occur in North America? Find out if tornadoes strike other parts of the world. See more »

Is there any place on Earth that's safe from natural disasters?

 Is there any place on Earth that's safe from natural disasters?

Determining the safest place on Earth can be a little tricky. Find out if there's a place in the world that's safe from natural disasters. See more »

Do tornadoes always move from west to east?

 Do tornadoes always move from west to east?

Do tornadoes really only move from west to east? Find out and learn more information about tornadoes at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Supervolcanoes Work

 How Supervolcanoes Work

Supervolcanoes are surprisingly difficult to spot due to their size and power. Learn more about supervolcanoes and the one under Yellowstone Park. See more »

How a Sharknado Would Work

 How a Sharknado Would Work

In theory, a Sharknado should work like a regular tornado, but with sharks. Explore the science behind Sharknardos and if they could really happen. See more »

10 Myths About Surviving a Tornado

 10 Myths About Surviving a Tornado

Do you know how to survive a tornado? See these 10 myths about surviving a tornado to get safety tips that might save your life. See more »