By: Lenna Gonya
Heat waves are dangerous events that annually take more lives than all of the other natural disasters combined. While they aren’t as dramatic, or obviously threatening as a tornado, earthquake or hurricane, they are just as deadly. According to the EPA , there are several...
By: Lenna Gonya
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heat waves are the most deadly weather-related exposure in the United States. Temperatures that rise above 90 degrees for several days at a time actually cause more deaths annually than hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined...
By: Lenna Gonya
Thunderstorms are common occurrences throughout most of the U.S. They can happen any time of the year, and for the most part, they result in no more than a little noise and rain. There are those, however, that produce much more danger and potential...
By: Keith Redfern
A pyroclastic flow is so dangerous because it moves so quickly it does not give anyone the opportunity to escape its potential effects. Furthermore it can move uphill as it is driven both by the power of the eruption and by the gravity force of...
Why earthquakes cause more damage than hurricanes
By: Rex Trulove
Both hurricanes and earthquakes can be devastating in property damage and in lives lost. However, earthquakes often cause more destruction than hurricanes, and it can make a person to wonder why this is. It is easiest to first look at each of these to arrive...
By: Stacie Bradshaw
Mount Vesuvius, on the Bay of Naples, Italy, brings to mind the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum buried in ash, their inhabitants frozen in time and place as they tried to escape one of nature’s most powerful and destructive forces. Volcanoes such as this...
Examples of historic pyroclastic flows
By: Nigel Holmes
A volcanic eruption is one of the most awe-inspiring sights of nature. Molten rock, or magma, flows down the volcano’s slopes while boulders are hurled miles into the sky. Yet the most destructive, most lethal part of an eruption is the pyroclastic flow. From...
By: Tenebris
On land, people in hurricane-prone areas pay close attention to the track of incoming hurricanes. The same is true when avoiding hurricanes at sea. Information is by far your best tool to avoid a hurricane at sea: and your radio is your lifeline. To avoid...
By: Victor Mikulin
Volcanic eruptions of any magnitude are an amazing spectacle and truly one of the more impressive displays of raw power occurring within nature. Throughout history, some of the worst disasters ever recorded came as the end result of volcanic eruptions. While the eruption itself is...
By: Lillian Henry
Basalt is an ignaceous rock that is formed after flowing lava has cooled quickly. It is this cooling process that gives basalt a fine grain appearance. This greyish-black rock is found on Earth, the Moon, Mars, Venus, and the asteroid Vesta. "Although basalt is much...

 

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