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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15 Tornado Safety Tips

Tornadoes are dangerous things, so it's important for you and your family to be prepared in the event of one. The United States experiences more tornadoes than the rest of the world due to low-lying geography. See our list of 15 tornado safety tips.

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  • 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 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 »

  • 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 »

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