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.
From hurricanes, to earthquakes, to tornadoes, there's no shortage of potential disasters that can ruin homes and devastate lives. Think you’re ready to survive the next disaster? Take this quiz and find out.
By Nathan Chandler
When Mother Nature is at her worst, the state and federal governments often step in to protect U.S. citizens. But moving masses of people away from the coast isn't an easy feat.
By John Donovan Sep 21, 2018
The Carr fire in Northern California is currently the sixth-largest in the state's history. How did it get so out of control?
By John Donovan Aug 2, 2018
Or do we just stick with the five categories we already have?
By John Perritano Jul 24, 2018
A fire can burn for years, yes years, in a swamp. What's the deal?
By Mark Mancini Jul 2, 2018
Both dry and over-saturated soil can contribute to flash flooding. Can anything be done to prevent them from becoming catastrophic?
By Mark Mancini Jun 14, 2018
To date 14 massive fissures have opened up near Kilauea, and the Big Island has been rocked by repeated earthquakes. Do these geological events foreshadow a massive volcanic eruption?
By Mark Mancini May 10, 2018
We may not be able to hear infrasound, but we sure can use it to detect tornadoes.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 9, 2018
Volcanic eruptions are loud. Very loud. But nobody's ever been able to capture the roar of the thunder they create. Until now.
By Mark Mancini Mar 30, 2018
Is climate change to blame for king tides flooding coastal cities more often? Some scientists say yes.
By John Perritano Oct 17, 2017
California cannabis farmers could lose everything in the wildfires.
By John Perritano Oct 16, 2017
New research digs into historic volcano fatalities to explore how, where and whom a volcano is most likely to kill.
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 12, 2017
When a major storm is barreling down, the reasons why some people choose to shelter in place are complicated.
By John Perritano Sep 14, 2017
Words matter when talking about those seeking shelter from the storm. What's the difference between hurricane evacuees and refugees?
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 12, 2017
Historic Hurricane Irma is being supercharged by the effects of climate change heating Earth's oceans.
By Ian O'Neill Sep 9, 2017
'You really can't describe to anybody what it's like to sit through a hurricane,' says Ruth Clark, who lived through Hurricanes Camille and Katrina.
By Dave Roos Sep 7, 2017
Hurricanes are the strongest storms on the planet. How we categorize them has helped save lives.
By John Perritano Sep 7, 2017
Researchers from Montreal's Concordia University have figured out why the air inside a tornado vortex is cooler and less dense than the surrounding air.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 24, 2017
What happens when two unpredictable storms show up to dance? And what about when one finally heads out to sea — then abruptly turns inland again for a one-two punch?
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 6, 2016
It's every evil mad scientist's dream. Could it ever be a reality?
By Julia Layton Aug 9, 2016
According to Chinese mythology, a great flood once swept the land. Now geologists have found reason to believe that the legendary catastrophe was real.
By Robert Lamb Aug 5, 2016
New research links massive historic volcanic eruptions in Asia to a baby boom generation of the iconic Sonoran Desert cactus.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jul 26, 2016
Trying to wrangle Mother Nature has successfully saved millions of lives, even if, at other times, it's quite literally blown up in our faces.
By Clint Pumphrey
Billions of years ago, asteroid strikes caused mega-tsunamis made up of liquid water and frozen ice, scarring the red planet forever, according to new findings.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 19, 2016
Your bathtub is great for taking a soak, giving the kids a bath, or even washing the dog. But can it protect you during a tornado? Read on to find out why — and why not.
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