Natural Disasters Around The World

Nearly half the world's population (roughly three billion people) have felt the effects of natural disasters in the last decade, costing over $1.7 trillion in damage and relief. Between 2001 and 2012, the world has borne witness to increasingly severe weather and natural catastrophes, such as an uptick in flooding caused by hurricanes and tsunamis. Although manmade disasters, such as oil spills and accidental forest fires, lead to a number of deaths and devastation each year, the ferocity of natural disasters cannot be compared. Humankind's ongoing challenge to live harmoniously with natural weather systems has strained over the years as global warming and climate change begin to have massive effects on natural events—found in the form of unrelenting tornadoes, mudslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, droughts, hurricanes and more. Nature may be serene, but it is certainly not tamed.

This playlist offers a unique look into the past with archival footage of some of history's most defeating brushes with nature's wrath. Check it out to learn helpful survival tips, more information on specific natural disasters and an in-depth look at how well can we predict and prepare for these atrocities.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. There is no reliable way to predict earthquakes. 00:33

  2. Tectonic plates are around 100 km thick, making them hard to study. 01:07

  3. Rising levels of radon may indicate an earthquake. 01:34

Written by Curiosity Staff August 27, 2014

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