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.
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'Nature's Fury': NYC Exhibit Explores Science of Natural Disasters
Erupting volcano
November 13th, 2014
From the eruption that buried Pompeii in A.D. 79 to the superstorm that shut down New York City in 2012, natural disasters are an unavoidable part of life on Earth. Once thought to be the wrath of the gods, these formidable events now have widely accepted
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500-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawaii Tsunami Discovered
Hawaii tsunami 1946 aftermath
October 21st, 2014
A powerful earthquake in Alaska sent towering waves up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall crashing down on Hawaii about 500 years ago, leaving behind fragments of coral, shells and coarse beach sand in a sinkhole located on the island of Kauai, research shows.
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Mysterious Colorado Rock Formation May Be Result of 'Natural Fracking'
Tava Sandstone
September 26th, 2014
An ancient, catastrophic flood or earthquake may explain how a bewildering rock formation in Colorado's Rocky Mountains formed, a new study finds.
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Nature's Fury: Gripping Images of Natural Disasters
Campo tornado (Oklahoma, 2010)
November 13th, 2014
From earthquakes to volcanic eruptions to hurricanes, natural disasters reveal the fearsome power of Mother Nature. Scientists are studying these phenomena to better understand them and find better ways to predict and prepare for them.
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Strong 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Alaska
Sept. 25 Alaska earthquake
September 25th, 2014
An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 shook southern Alaska Thursday (Sept. 25), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
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Calm Before the Quake? Turkey May Be Due for the Big One
Turkey earthquake fault
September 15th, 2014
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater may be building up along a now-quiet fault on the coast of Istanbul, a new study finds.
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2 Years On: Sandy Inspires Storm of Climate Research
As Hurricane Sandy churned up the coast, it sent waves crashing ashore near the Verrazano Bridge in Brooklyn, N.Y.
October 29th, 2014
The frankenstorm has spurred an unprecedented amount of research to tackle the questions about the role climate change may have played in worsening the storm, how global warming might affect similar storms, and why Sandy caused so much damage.
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Tornado Season Peaking Earlier Than Ever
Supercell Storm
September 19th, 2014
The busiest part of tornado season is happening up to two weeks earlier than it did 55 years ago, reports a new study on Tornado Alley, located in the heart of the central and southern U.S. Great Plains.
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