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.

Key Facts In This Video

  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

Key Facts In This Video

  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

Written by Curiosity Staff May 19, 2016

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