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U.S. History Topics » Other History & Soc Studies » Natural Disasters

Disasters

looks at research that helps anticipate disasters and minimize their effects. Learn about research on hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanoes. See what scientists are discovering about how and when tornadoes will form. Watch a simulated fire spread up a hill. (National Science Foundation)

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Without a comprehensive understanding of disasters, it is impossible to prepare for them. Knowledge is critical, whether for determining how weather systems develop, estimating the path of volcanic debris, recognizing triggers before a ground-shaking seismic event, or even gauging how an individual's decisions can put entire communities at risk.
Rivers of molten rock leave a lava tube and flow seaward across a young outcropping of land at the Ka`ili`ili entry on Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on Feb. 20, 2005.

Rivers of rock

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