Nature may have a maternal reputation, but she is also one mother you don't want to mess with. Join us while we learn about the floods, droughts, twisters, quakes and fires that have been the most deadly, destructive and bizarre.
What natural disaster killed tens of thousands in Peru in 1970?
How fast did the avalanche travel?
90-110 miles per hour (145-177 kilometers per hour)
130-175 miles per hour
300 miles per hour
Where did a four-year drought come to an end with a catastrophic blizzard in 1972?
Flooding in Vietnam in 1971 caused how many deaths?
The 1970 Bhola cyclone struck where?
An estimated how many Bangladeshis were killed in the storm?
What was one result of the response and conditions after the storm in Bangladesh?
a better health care system
the Bangladeshi war for independence
more funding of weather balloons
When was the deadliest earthquake ever recorded?
How many people died in the 1556 earthquake?
What was the estimated magnitude of the 1556 earthquake?
What natural disaster happened in 2003 and resulted in 20,000 deaths?
an Indonesian tsunami
a European heat wave
a plague of locusts in the United States
Fifteen thousand people died from the heat in what country?
The 1839 Coringa Cyclone destroyed the port city in India with an inundating wave of what height?
32 feet (10 meters)
What is a limnic eruption?
an eruption in a lake
a volcano erupting without any warning
an earthquake on the surface of the earth
In 1986, Lake Nyos in Cameroon had a limnic eruption. How many people died?
What else happened during the limnic eruption?
the lake burst into a fountain 300 feet (91 meters) high
the earth cracked
a lava flow
A 1999 storm and flash flooding in Brazil resulted in what other natural disaster that claimed the lives of 30,000 people?
While 30,000 is generally cited as the number of deaths in the Brazil storm, how many bodies were recovered?
Where was the world's deadliest recorded tornado?
the central United States
How many people were killed in the Daulatpur-Saturia tornado?
Where did a significant tsunami occur in 365 C.E.?
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake caused a tsunami how high?
30 feet (9 meters)
How many people were killed in the 2004 tsunamis?
What other effects were caused by the 2004 earthquake and tsunami?
The entire world vibrated a centimeter.
The planet warmed.
The planet cooled.
How powerful was the earthquake?
The energy released was comparable to a 100-gigaton bomb.
a magnitude 8.8
not that powerful
When Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, what was an unexpected effect?
Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein."
extremely cold temperatures and odd weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere
How many people died in the eruption of Tambora?
How many people did the Peshtigo fire in Wisconsin kill?
What is one reason the Peshtigo fire spread so rapidly?
Clear-cut lands became tinder.
no hoses for spraying water
The horror of the Peshtigo fire was overshadowed by what event that happened the same night in 1871?