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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 Smokejumpers Work

Smokejumpers are the men and women who specialize in fighting blazes their ground-bound peers can't reach. So who are they, and what's the "Mutilator"?


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 »

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 »