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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?


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 »

5 Incredible Last-ditch Efforts to Avert Disaster

 5 Incredible Last-ditch Efforts to Avert Disaster

In extreme circumstances, people have to make snap decisions to prevent disaster. Learn about 5 incredible last-ditch efforts to avert disaster. See more »

Japan Tsunami and Earthquake Pictures

 Japan Tsunami and Earthquake Pictures

Parts of Japan suffered complete destruction following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Browse haunting pictures of the Japan Tsunami and Earthquake. See more »