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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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."

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  • Name the Price: Natural Disasters

    Name the Price: Natural Disasters

    It's hard to put a price on the lives, homes and irreplaceable historic sites that can be destroyed in natural disasters. But multibillion-dollar price tags can give you a sense of how much damage an earthquake or tsunami caused. Test your history knowledge and see if you know the financial impact of these disasters. See more »

  • The Mayan Calendar and the (Unlikely) Apocalypse in 2012

    The Mayan Calendar and the (Unlikely) Apocalypse in 2012

    Sure, we'll all have a good laugh about this 2012 nonsense come January 2013, but first we’ll have to get through the doom and gloom from pseudoscientists, would-be prophets and even well-meaning relatives who are just a little too happy with the “forward” button in their e-mail. Here’s the inside scoop on what is -- or isn’t -- going down in 2012. See more »

  • Top 10 Doomsday Prophecies

    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? See more »

  • Top 5 Tips for Earthquake Safety

    Top 5 Tips for Earthquake Safety

    It's an uncontrollable situation -- the earth is shaking, and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it. Other than crouching for cover, saying a prayer and hoping for the best, how can you improve your chances for survival in a major earthquake? See more »

  • Top 5 Tips for Hurricane Safety

    Top 5 Tips for Hurricane Safety

    When a monster storm is headed your way, it's best to have a game plan already in place. Ready for a rundown on smart hurricane safety practices? See more »

  • Top 5 Tips for Tornado Safety

    Top 5 Tips for Tornado Safety

    It's not just the stuff of Hollywood movies. Tornadoes strike hundreds of times in the United States each year -- often with deadly force. These tips will greatly improve your odds of surviving a twister. See more »

  • Top 5 Ways that Wildfires Start

    Top 5 Ways that Wildfires Start

    Wildfire isn't always bad for a forest -- it can clear brush, fertilize soil and open new space. But if a prescribed burn or even a small campfire gets out of control, it can quickly destroy forest, homes and wildlife. How do wildfires start? See more »

  • What if a plane landed in San Francisco at the same time there was a big earthquake?

    What if a plane landed in San Francisco at the same time there was a big earthquake?

    San Francisco has a new airport that's supposed to stand up to the rigors of an earthquake. Does that mean that planes can land while a massive quake is shaking the city? See more »

  • What if a wildfire came near my house?

    What if a wildfire came near my house?

    Wildfires spread quickly consuming almost everything in their path -- including homes. What can you do if you see the inferno racing toward your home? See more »

  • What if an asteroid hit the Earth?

    What if an asteroid hit the Earth?

    There are obvious craters on Earth (and the moon) that show us a long history of large objects hitting the planet. But what if one hit Earth today? See more »

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