Taming natures fury An indepth look at natural hazards

first_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe This special package explores some of the ways people are learning to assess risks, lessen dangers, and repair the damage from disasters that elude or breach our defenses. We will continue to highlight important research and news on our Natural Hazards topic page. Natural hazards will never go away, but we can always become better prepared for the inevitable.  Email ​Tornadoes sweep through central Kansas. Mudslides bury a neighborhood in Guatemala. A tsunami triggers a nuclear meltdown at a power station in Japan. Every day, the news brings fresh reminders of the great dangers our planet can unleash with little warning. The dangers remain, even as researchers slowly unpack the secrets behind volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tropical storms, and other natural hazards. That knowledge can reveal new threats, such as the planet-changing possibility of volcanic supereruptions or collisions with mountain-sized bodies from space. However, this information also leads to better tools for studying natural hazards and estimating where, how often, and how fiercely they are likely to strike.Our increasingly sophisticated toolbox is helping us understand the physical processes driving hazards such as large and damaging earthquakes; track tropical cyclones to project how increasing temperatures might change these powerful storms; provide much-needed warnings of volcanoes, landslides, and tsunamis; and recover from catastrophic events when they occur. These tools now allow researchers to analyze data collected as disasters occur, including the recent collapse of the Bárdarbunga caldera in Iceland. The ways in which communities prepare and respond to potential disasters are also becoming more sophisticated. Social media allows for rapid dissemination of information before and during a disaster. Although social scientists sometimes face challenges in interpreting the digital record of these events, they may provide a valuable insight into an effective response. Communities that face risks from natural hazards benefit from investing time and effort into preparing for unlikely yet unavoidable events. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Here’s how the world could end—and what we can do about it These disaster machines could help humanity prepare for cataclysms Blogging the danger—and sometimes the art—of deadly landslides Review on Historical trends of tropical cyclone tracks by A. H. Sobel et al. and related Interactive graphic display of tropical cyclone tracks from 1980-2014 Review on global trends in satellite-based emergency mapping by S. Voigt et al. Review on connecting slow earthquakes to huge earthquakes by K. Obara and A. Kato  Editorial on hazards without disasters by M. McNutt Natural Hazards topic page Podcast: The science of the apocalypse Video images: Twisting tornado looms over central Kansas; Chile’s Calbuco volcano spews ash and lava in 2015; Meteor Crater, in Arizona, marks the site of a 50,000-year-old asteroid crash; storm chasers study an approaching tornado; aftermath of landslide triggered by 2008 Tangjiashan earthquake in southwest China; lava from Sicily’s Piano del Lago volcano outshines the lights of Catania below. Additional articles in our Natural Hazards feature package: Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img

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