Science | Forces of Nature | 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.


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 »

Did Nostradamus make any predictions about 2012?

Did Nostradamus make any predictions about 2012?

Did Nostradamus make predictions about 2012? Learn about Nostradamus's role in the origins of 2012 apocalypse theories. See more »

Top 10 Doomsday Prophecies

Top 10 Doomsday Prophecies

Doomsday prophecies have been around for centuries. Learn about 10 of the most famous doomsday prophecies. See more »

5 Most Bizarre Year 2012 Predictions

5 Most Bizarre Year 2012 Predictions

What are the 5 most bizarre year 2012 predictions? Learn about the most bizarre conspiracy theories and predictions for the year 2012. See more »

Where did the idea of a 2012 apocalypse come from?

Where did the idea of a 2012 apocalypse come from?

Where did the idea of a 2012 apocalypse come from? Learn about the origins of the 2012 apocalypse theories at HowStuffWorks. See more »