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.
Wildfires have become a frightening reality in California and elsewhere as climate change creates drastically drier conditions. Using goats to eat underbrush and create firebreaks is now a routine part of the firefighting arsenal.
Is climate change to blame for king tides flooding coastal cities more often? Some scientists say yes.
Scientists say the world can expect more heat waves in the future. And the one thing we can't do is take these hot temperatures for granted.
The San Andreas is the most famous and closely watched fault line in the world because of the fear that it could shake, rattle and roll at any time.
NOAA is expecting widespread flooding throughout the United States this spring. Are you ready?
Thanks in part to strict building codes, damage from the November 7.0 earthquake was relatively minimal.
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.
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.
The Carr fire in Northern California is currently the sixth-largest in the state's history. How did it get so out of control?
Or do we just stick with the five categories we already have?
A fire can burn for years, yes years, in a swamp. What's the deal?
Both dry and over-saturated soil can contribute to flash flooding. Can anything be done to prevent them from becoming catastrophic?
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?
We may not be able to hear infrasound, but we sure can use it to detect tornadoes.
Volcanic eruptions are loud. Very loud. But nobody's ever been able to capture the roar of the thunder they create. Until now.
California cannabis farmers could lose everything in the wildfires.
New research digs into historic volcano fatalities to explore how, where and whom a volcano is most likely to kill.
When a major storm is barreling down, the reasons why some people choose to shelter in place are complicated.
Words matter when talking about those seeking shelter from the storm. What's the difference between hurricane evacuees and refugees?
Historic Hurricane Irma is being supercharged by the effects of climate change heating Earth's oceans.
'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.
Hurricanes are the strongest storms on the planet. How we categorize them has helped save lives.
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.
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?
It's every evil mad scientist's dream. Could it ever be a reality?
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