Natural Disasters

Find out everything there is to know about natural disasters and stay updated on the latest weather news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and natural disaster pictures at LiveScience. Learn more about devastation caused by weather as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about natural disasters.
Read More
The Odds of Dying
tornado lightning disaster
February 9th, 2016
There are many ways to go, but what are the odds, really?
Read More »
Many Injuries in California's 2014 Quake Occurred During Cleanup
napa earthquake, damage
September 10th, 2015
Many of the people who were injured from the 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Napa, California, last year were actually hurt during the cleanup effort, after the quake was over, according to a new study.
Read More »
Map of Winter Storm Jonas' Wind Shows Destructive Gusts
blizzard wind map
February 2nd, 2016
Winter storm Jonas brought with it record-breaking amounts of snow and winds when it plowed through the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States in late January. Now, scientists at NASA have created a map showing the direction and speeds of the gusts.
Read More »
Earth's Moving Mantle Leads to Earthquakes in Unusual Places
Yellowstone National Park
August 28th, 2015
It has long been a mystery why some earthquakes strike towns in seemingly earthquake-proof regions, but researchers now have a potential explanation for why temblors sometimes rattle where they're not expected.
Read More »
Satellite Spies Super Typhoon Soudelor from Space (Photo)
Super Typhoon Soudelor
August 5th, 2015
From the safety of space, NASA observed the most powerful storm of the year.
Read More »
Doomsday Clock Stuck at 3 Minutes to Midnight
Mushroom cloud over Nagasaki
January 26th, 2016
The global "Doomsday Clock," which shows how close humans are to global catastrophe, is set to 3 minutes to midnight
Read More »
Poof! Futuristic Flying Vehicles Could Vanish After Deliveries
DARPA's vanishing glass material.
October 20th, 2015
A magical new device sounds like something out of a Harry Potter movie, but it's real technology that could benefit people in remote areas.
Read More »
Why 10,000-Year-Old Gravity-Defying Rocks Haven't Toppled
August 7th, 2015
Giant rocks stacked in seemingly gravity-defying poses could indicate that earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault can jump to another major fault in Southern California.
Read More »