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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 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?


Why do people buy up all the bread and milk before a storm hits?

Why do people buy up all the bread and milk before a storm hits?

Why do people buy up all the bread and milk before a storm hits? Learn why people choose to buy perishable items like bread and milk before a storm. See more »

Did global warming cause Hurricane Sandy?

Did global warming cause Hurricane Sandy?

Did global warming cause Hurricane Sandy? Learn about the connection between Hurricane Sandy and global warming. See more »

Hurricane Sandy, October 2012

Hurricane Sandy, October 2012

Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast of the United States on Oct. 29, 2012. See pictures of the extensive flooding and damage Hurricane Sandy caused. See more »

How Fire Tornadoes Work

How Fire Tornadoes Work

Fire tornadoes occur when heat, ash and fire get swept up in a spinning mass of air. Learn about the phenomenon of fire tornadoes. See more »

How Drought Works

How Drought Works

Drought is a prolonged dry period due to a chronic shortage of rainfall in a region. Learn about the different types and causes of drought. See more »

Where do hurricanes come from?

Where do hurricanes come from and how are they formed. Find out where hurricanes come from in this article from HowStuffWorks. 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?

If you flew over an earthquake, would you feel the plane shake? Find out whether the plane would shake if you flew over an earthquake. 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. Learn how smokejumpers fight wildfires at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Does the Bible say the world will end in 2012?

Does the Bible say the world will end in 2012?

Does the Bible say the world will end in 2012? Find out whether the Bible says the world will end in 2012. See more »

Apocalypse Now? A 2012 Survival Guide

Apocalypse Now? A 2012 Survival Guide

Sure, we'll all have a good laugh about this Face it: You're better off going into 2012 prepared. That means knowing the year's top 10 apocalypse threats like the back of your hand and packing a survival kit to handle any eventuality. We're happy to ... See more »