Quiz: Real Natural Disaster or Movie Natural Disaster?


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Wait, was that cow that flying through the air a clip from the local news? Did Mount St. Helens erupt in downtown Los Angeles? Let's sort fact from fiction as we muddle through which disasters were witnessed on screen or in real life.

Earthquakes hit Seattle; Redding, California; and San Francisco before a 10.5 quake hits Los Angeles.

The plot of "10.5" was widely ridiculed by geologists, who point out that an earthquake of 10.5 magnitude would require a fault that circled the entire earth.


An earthquake in ancient Syria wipes out 230,000 people.

The 1138 earthquake was catastrophic.


Debris from a massive avalanche in Peru buried towns 10 miles (16 kilometers) away.

The 1970 Huascaran avalanche proved extremely deadly.


A plague of hallucination-inducing frogs rain down on a small Amazonian village.

Don't lick the frogs.


A lake erupts, killing over a thousand people.

A 1986 limnic eruption released deadly gases that suffocated nearby villages in Cameroon.


A swarm of locusts disrupts the nation's food supply.

It actually might have happened sometime in history, but there's not a definitive story.


A 100-foot (30-meter) tsunami leaves several countries with dead and injured people.

The 2004 Indonesian earthquake hit several Asian nations.


A torrential downpour causes a man to build an ark and save Earth's fauna, two by two.

"Noah" is probably not based on actual events.


A cat's warning saves a town from a sudden tornado.

It's not real or from a film, but I'd watch it.


A freak cold front one winter causes a flock of penguins to migrate to Oregon for the season.

Penguins take Portland; hipsters rejoice.


Neutrinos in Earth's core heat up, causing shifts in the earth's layers.

The film "2012" wasn't exactly a scientific understanding of how disasters or neutrinos work.


An earthquake so powerful occurs that there's nowhere on Earth it wasn't "felt."

A little bit of a trick — the 2004 Indonesian earthquake vibrated the entire world a centimeter (not that everyone could "feel" it).


A huge conflagration in Wisconsin is overshadowed by the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred the same night.

This tragedy might deserve a movie. The Wisconsin fire killed 1,500-2,500 people but was largely forgotten because of the much less deadly but more sensational Chicago fire the same night.


A cyclone kills up to half a million people.

The Bhola cyclone killed hundreds of thousands in 1971.


Two provinces in China lose more than half their populations due to the deadliest earthquake ever recorded.

The 1556 earthquake in Shaanxi province killed an estimated 830,000 people.


A sudden melting of the polar ice caps causes an immediate global cooling.

"The Day After Tomorrow" has a scientifically intriguing premise, but Earth wouldn't plunge into an ice age within days.


The sudden melting of the polar ice caps causes humans to evolve gills for breathing underwater.

"Waterworld" may not be good, but it's nice to see that it at least gave global warming a bad name, too.


A volcano erupts in the ocean, creating a new continent to be battled over.

Send my check to me, Hollywood.


A European heat wave results in 20,000 deaths.

This was no regular summer. In 2003, the hottest temperatures in 500 years were recorded in parts of Europe.


A volcano erupts in downtown Los Angeles.

No, it doesn't, unless you're in the 1997 movie "Volcano."


Earth's core stops spinning.

That is the plot of the 2003 movie "The Core." You no doubt would've heard more about that, were it a real-life event.


A forest fire burns through Earth's crust, revealing deep graves of alien dead.

That's absurd, but I'm not willing to say it can't happen.


An volcanic explosion causes the Northern Hemisphere to suffer extremely cold temperatures for a year.

Mount Tambora's 1815 eruption caused a year "without summer," when temperatures were bitterly cold.


A freak blizzard in Iran kills thousands.

The 1972 blizzard occurred after years of drought.


A hurricane becomes a nor'easter then becomes a hurricane again.

Gotcha! "The Perfect Storm" was a real-life event in 1991 and made into a 2000 film.


Two bickering exes try to get an experimental machine into the heart of a tornado.

That would be 1996's "Twister."


A lion and a mouse team up to put out a forest fire on the Serengeti.

This is neither a film nor real life, but is it much more ridiculous than going into the heart of a tornado?


Ben Affleck saves the world from a meteor.

Come on.


Matt Damon saves the world from an annoying buzzing sound.

It's neither. Damon is a more subtle actor, after all.


A waterspout sends sharks into the heart of Los Angeles.

That's 2013's "Sharknado."


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