Science | Forces of Nature | 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.


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 »

Are tornadoes getting stronger?

Are tornadoes getting stronger?

Tornadoes are a serious concern in many regions of the world. Are tornadoes getting stronger? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How can rocks predict earthquakes?

How can rocks predict earthquakes?

We can predict hurricanes days in advance but not earthquakes. Can rocks help us predict earthquakes? Find out at HowStuffWorks. 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 isn't whether one could destroy all life on Earth. It's when will it do it again. Wait, what? Get the facts at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can you really outrun a fire?

Can you really outrun a fire?

Getting away from a fire on foot may not be as easy as you think. Can you really outrun a fire? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can you really outrun a flood?

Can you really outrun a flood?

Out of nowhere comes a flash flood, causing water to rise quickly. Can you really outrun a flood? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »