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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    The 1986 limnic eruption of Lake Nyos suffocated everything within a 25 km radius, killing more than 1,700 people. (0:11)

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    Most lakes don't experience limnic eruptions because their water circulates with yearly changes in temperature. (1:28)

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    Pipes were installed in Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun to allow the escape of carbon dioxide. (2:27)

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    Sonny and Howard Ulrich survived the Lituya Bay megatsunami on July 9, 1958. (0:19)

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    See a reconstruction of what the Lituya Bay tsunami may have looked like: (1:29)

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

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    The most frequent natural cause of bushfires is lightning, but the majority of wildfires are started by humans. (0:36)

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    Jewel beetles fly towards wildfires to mate in the ruins left behind. (1:27)

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    Watch a fire tornado form in slow motion: (2:50)

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    In 2010, a volcanic eruption in Iceland caused a suspension in European air traffic for six days. (0:52)

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    After the Krakatoa eruption, global temperatures didn't return to normal for five years. (1:59)

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    Floods in China in the early 1900s killed as many as 4 million people. (2:32)

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