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 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"?

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?

Apocalypse Now? A 2012 Survival Guide

With everything from geomagnetic reversals to serious solar flares forecast for 2012, a person has to have a plan for scraping by at the end of the world. We're happy to help.

Did Nostradamus make any predictions about 2012?

Every time disaster strikes, one man's name arises alongside the obsessive news coverage: Nostradamus. According to some folks, the famed French seer has predicted many of the planet's gloomy twists and turns. What did he have to say about 2012?

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?

5 Most Bizarre Year 2012 Predictions

As the clock ticks closer to Dec. 21, 2012, discussion regarding what exactly will happen to the world and human civilization continues to heat up. What are some of the wackier conspiracy theories about the year 2012?

Where did the idea of a 2012 apocalypse come from?

You've probably heard people whispering about the end of the world coming up in 2012. But how do they know for certain? Where did the rumor start?

5 Incredible Last-ditch Efforts to Avert Disaster

The path to disaster or salvation can be decided by the flick of a wrist -- it often all comes down to the wisdom of those final, Hail Mary schemes. What are five of the most incredible?

Japan Tsunami and Earthquake Pictures

Many areas were completely destroyed by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. Browse these haunting pictures of Japan's destruction following the earthquake and tsunami.

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?