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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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?

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  • How Sandbags Work

    How Sandbags Work

    There may be a time when all that stands between your home and the rising floodwaters are some sacks full of sand. Will this defense keep you safe? See more »

  • How Sinkholes Work

    How Sinkholes Work

    We tend to think of the ground beneath our feet as terra firma, but sometimes it's as stable as a house of cards. What happens when the Earth opens up to swallow homes, cars and people? See more »

  • How Smokejumpers Work

    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"? See more »

  • How to Survive an Earthquake

    How to Survive an Earthquake

    If the big one struck, would you be ready? No? Then start reading and stocking up on food, water and other essential supplies. And hurry up. For some of you, it's not "if" but "when." See more »

  • How Tsunamis Work

    How Tsunamis Work

    The wall of water that struck northern Japan on March 11 claimed more than nearly 16,000 lives. While the human and cultural extents of this natural disaster are difficult to grasp, we can explain the physical properties that led to it. See more »

  • How Volcanoes Work

    How Volcanoes Work

    Volcanoes are some of nature's most awe-inspiring displays, with everything from exploding mountaintops to rivers of lava. Learn how all the different types of volcanoes work. See more »

  • How Wildfires Work

    How Wildfires Work

    The raging wildfires in southern California have claimed lives and destroyed hundreds of homes. Learn how wildfires start and spread, and find out what firefighters do to battle the blaze. See more »

  • If you flew over an earthquake, would you feel the plane shake?

    If you flew over an earthquake, would you feel the plane shake?

    Let's say a big one strikes the home planet. You, however, happen to be flying above the earthquake's epicenter when the natural disaster ripples through. Would you feel it? See more »

  • Is it true that scientists are predicting a really big earthquake will sink western California?

    Is it true that scientists are predicting a really big earthquake will sink western California?

    Is it true that scientists are predicting a really big earthquake will sink western California into the ocean, or break it off from the continent? See more »

  • Mount St. Helens Erupts

    Mount St. Helens Erupts

    The Mount St. Helens eruption resulted in almost 60 deaths. Learn more about the Mount St. Helens eruption, from how it happened to the aftereffects. See more »

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