Natural Disasters

Natural disasters include floods, hurricanes, forest fires, tornadoes, volcanoes, extreme heat, snow, ice and drought. The effects that natural events have on the environment directly and indirectly may be harmful to people. Forest fires and volcanoes harm air quality. Hurricanes and floods can contaminate water supplies and damage wastewater facilities. Any of these can spread contaminated materials into the environment.
People's response to natural events can cause them to harm either themselves or the environment. Improper use of portable generators or supplemental heating devices can release deadly carbon monoxide. De-icing agents and ice melting compounds can pollute waterways. Exceptionally large amounts of debris can present serious disposal problems for state and local communities. (Source: EPA / Photo: Flickr)

NASA says the world will not end in 2012

The Apocalypse business

Oil industry sinkhole threatens to swallow city

Goodbye paradise

Video: Bay area marks anniversary of 1989 quake

7 places forever changed by eco-disasters

Brad Pitt's incredible floating abode

How is your city preparing for global warming?

How women are fighting against climate disasters

Video: Pacific quake generates tsunami

'Crude' awakening

Mastering disaster preparedness