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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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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 »

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 »