Natural disasters

Surreal images from the Pacific Northwest
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Touring the world through storm watchers
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
The National Hurricane Center is finally seeing their ability to predict a storm’s strength catch up to their ability to track it.
Meredith Fore, Contributor
A new study suggests a correlation between volcanic activity and heavy rainfall, but other volcanologists are skeptical.
Rebecca Boyle, Contributor
The first fracking-induced earthquake to claim human lives shows why magnitude may underestimate the danger such earthquakes pose.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Some bubbles grow to be more than a quarter-mile across.
Meeri Kim, Contributor
The Saffir-Simpson scale relies on wind to categorize a hurricane, but it doesn't account for storm surge or flooding.
Sofie Bates, Contributor
Heat is the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.
Karin Heineman, Executive Producer
Pressurized water may cause quakes on Mars the same way fracking and wastewater injection trigger quakes on Earth.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Astronomers are trying to deflect a near-Earth asteroid for the first time, to prepare for a future object on a collision course with the planet.
Ramin Skibba, Contributor
Understanding how seemingly solid rocks get squished could make mining and construction projects safer.
Rebecca Boyle, Contributor
Researchers find that hot ash, lava, boulders and gas can rush from a volcano at high speeds on a cushion of air.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor