Most people don't think of New York City as earthquake country, but it has been shaken by significant quakes in 1737 and 1884. Take a look at the effects an earthquake would have on New York and its infrastructure.
The San Andreas Fault runs roughly 800 miles through some of the most valuable real estate in the world. The southern section hasn't had a significant quake for over 300 years and is primed and ready for another big one.
Inflicting over $80 billion in damage and causing the deaths of over 1800 people, Hurricane Katrina was among the greatest engineering disasters in US history. But was Katrina really the "big one" New Orleans had been waiting for?
What would happen if a massive earthquake and tsunami were to strike the West Coast of the U.S.? Experts say it could easily match the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in scale and might. What can we do to minimize disaster?
What happens when the most intense tornado ever measured strikes? It happened once before in Oklahoma City. With winds clocked at 318 miles per hour, the monster twister carved a path through the city up to a mile wide.
Archaeological director Baldasarre Conticello takes viewers on a tour of the ruins of the cities encrusted by incendiary ash when deadly Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.
9. Mega Tsunami
May 13, 2008
8,000 years before the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, waves taller than the Statue of Liberty ravaged the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea. 3D animation recreates the massive waves that may have changed the course of history.
From 1300 to 1850, a period of cataclysmic cold caused havoc. This "Little Ice Age" reshaped the world in ways that now seem the stuff of fantasy. Could another catastrophic cold snap strike in the 21st century?
Recent warming trends in seawater and air temperature point to a possible mega-drought in the next thirty to fifty years. Could we be facing a replay of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s on an even bigger scale?
When greenhouse gases escaped from depressurized lava on the Earth's surface 250 million years ago, the massive global warming that ensued wiped out 95% of the planet's species...and paved the way for dinosaurs.
On June 30, 1908, a giant fireball exploded in the Siberian sky with a force a thousand times greater than the Hiroshima bomb, decimating 1,000 square miles of forest. What caused the apocalyptic fire in the sky?
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This is a collection of various documentaries that span a few decades. Each is borrowed from different series throughout the years such as "Mega Disasters" and "How the Earth Was Made". None of this detracts from the info provided and each episode is a treasure trove of visual and audio stimulation. If you love nature documentaries (not to be confused with biological docs), this is a perfect collection, ranging from weather, tectonic and even a bit of astronomical events