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Extreme Natural Disasters That You've Probably Never Heard Of

Extreme Natural Disasters That You've Probably Never Heard Of

A wave taller than the Empire State Building. A volcano eruption that ruptured eardrums from miles away. A lake that EXPLODED and killed hundreds with deadly gas. These natural disasters were especially strange, but few people know about them.

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  1. The 1986 limnic eruption of Lake Nyos suffocated everything within a 25 km radius, killing more than 1,700 people. 00:11

  2. Most lakes don't experience limnic eruptions because their water circulates with yearly changes in temperature. 01:28

  3. Pipes were installed in Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun to allow the escape of carbon dioxide. 02:27

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  1. Sonny and Howard Ulrich survived the Lituya Bay megatsunami on July 9, 1958. 00:19

  2. See a reconstruction of what the Lituya Bay tsunami may have looked like: 01:29

  3. Howard Ulrich's boat was carried above the trees on the megatsunami's wave, then back into the bay. 03:00

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  1. The most frequent natural cause of bushfires is lightning, but the majority of wildfires are started by humans. 00:36

  2. Jewel beetles fly towards wildfires to mate in the ruins left behind. 01:27

  3. Watch a fire tornado form in slow motion: 02:50

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  1. In 2010, a volcanic eruption in Iceland caused a suspension in European air traffic for six days. 00:52

  2. After the Krakatoa eruption, global temperatures didn't return to normal for five years. 01:59

  3. Floods in China in the early 1900s killed as many as 4 million people. 02:32

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