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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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How Floods Work

Flooding has claimed more lives than any other natural disaster. Find out how a gentle stream becomes a raging torrent.

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  • 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 »

  • Fact or Fiction: Earthquakes
    Fact or Fiction: Earthquakes

    Earthquakes, like volcanoes, happen all the time -- but most of them are so minor we can't even feel them. They're also similar to volcanoes in that we can't fully predict them, and scientists are always waiting for the next big one to occur. See more »

  • Guide to Wildfire Safety
    Guide to Wildfire Safety

    With wildfires, prevention is the best medicine. The best way to protect your home is to make sure you never start a fire. But wildfires are inevitable in some areas, so how do you keep your family and property safe? See more »

  • How Avalanches Work
    How Avalanches Work

    Learn how avalanches form, how long you can stay alive while buried under an avalanche and what steps you can take to survive. See more »

  • How Drought Works
    How Drought Works

    What happens when the rains cease and water levels dry up precipitously? Everything from abundant grasses to apex predators suffers the consequences. Are you? See more »

  • How Earthquakes Work
    How Earthquakes Work

    An earthquake is one of the most terrifying phenomena that nature can dish up. We generally think of the ground we stand on as "rock-solid" and completely stable. An earthquake can shatter that perception instantly, and often with extreme violence. See more »

  • How Fire Tornadoes Work
    How Fire Tornadoes Work

    Inject heat, ash and fire into a spinning mass of air. Watch as a funnel of flames leaps from the ground, reaches for the heavens and then races forward to consume everything in its path. Is such a phenomenon possible? See more »

  • How Floods Work
    How Floods Work

    Flooding has claimed more lives than any other natural disaster. Find out how a gentle stream becomes a raging torrent. See more »

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