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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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Top 10 Doomsday Prophecies

It seems like every few years someone comes out with a new doomsday prophecy. From aliens and asteroids to floods and earthquakes, how do people think the world will end?


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 »

Can you really outrun a tornado?

 Can you really outrun a tornado?

A tornado warning has just been activated in your area. Should you hunker down or drive away? Find out whether you can outrun a tornado at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can you really outrun a volcano?

 Can you really outrun a volcano?

In the movies it looks so easy. But can you really outrun a volcano? Find out at HowStuffWorks. 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 when an icy blast swoops in. Could you really outrun a blast of cold air? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Could Seahawks fans cause a major earthquake?

 Could Seahawks fans cause a major earthquake?

Seattle Seahawks fans have been excited about their team, but could they cause an earthquake? Find out if football fans can cause an earthquake. See more »

10 Worst Hurricanes of All Time

 10 Worst Hurricanes of All Time

Do you know which hurricanes are considered the worst of all time? Find out about the most destructive hurricanes at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Does severe weather hype make people under-react?

 Does severe weather hype make people under-react?

Does severe weather hype make people under-react? Find out whether the media hype surrounding severe weather makes people under-react. See more »