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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Five Gorgeous Maps That Show Why You'll Be Buried in Snow
Jan 2015 blizzard
January 26th, 2015
As the first blizzard of 2015 bears down on the Atlantic Coast, here are five stunning weather maps that highlight its massive impact.
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Ten Years After Indonesian Tsunami, Are Coasts Any Safer?
Sri Lankan man recovering from tsunami
December 28th, 2014
Ten years ago we witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in history, when a huge earthquake off the coast of Sumatra triggered a devastating tsunami which swept across the Indian Ocean.
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Arctic Blast Blankets Eastern US in Ice and Snow (Photo)
Snowy East Coast
February 20th, 2015
An Arctic blast sweeping across the East Coast, from Canada south to Florida, left much of the country blanketed in ice and snow this week.
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Why Monster Storm 'Juno' Will Be So Snowy
snowstorm juno
January 26th, 2015
The fierce nor'easter pummeling the East Coast today is occurring because of a perfect confluence of events.
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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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Lightning Electrifies Cyclone's Eye in Dramatic Space Photo
The gleaming eye of Cyclone Bansi.
January 29th, 2015
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured a jaw-dropping photo of Cyclone Bansi from the International Space Station.
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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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