Natural Disasters & Hazard Mitigation

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Disaster Management & Monitoring


    • 'Takashi Mitachi: Three lessons that businesses can learn from natural disasters' [TED / You Tube] 10 min
    • 'Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disasters, build economies' [TED / You Tube]

Taking Control: Planning for Safety & Recovery

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      • 'Michael McDaniel: Cheap, effective shelter for disaster relief' [TED / You Tube]
      • 'Shigeru Ban: Emergency shelters made from paper' [TED / You Tube]
      • 'Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly … and cooperate' [TED / You Tube]
      • 'Rachel Kyte: Resilience in the face of natural disasters' [TED / You Tube]
      • 'Hans Rosling & Ola Rosling: How not to be ignorant about the world' [TED / You Tube] 20 min
      • 'Paul Conneally: Digital Humanitarianism' [TED / You Tube] 11 min
      • 'Caitria O’Neill & Morgan O’Neill: How to step up in the face of disaster' [TED / You Tube]

Earthquakes & Seismic Events

Further Reading

      • The Big One by Jake Page & Charles Officer 551.00 P (New Madrid Fault zone)
      • When The Mississippi Ran Backwards by Jay Feldman 551.2 F (New Madrid Fault zone)
      • A Dangerous Place by Marc Reisner 979.4 R (California)
      • A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester
      • Disaster! The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire 1906 by Dan Kurzman 979.4 K

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Tsunami & Seiche

Further Reading

    • The Raging Sea: The Powerful Account of the Worst Tsunami in U.S. History by Dennis Powers 979.4 P

Watch on You Tube

      • Japan Earthquake: Helicopter aerial view video of giant tsunami waves [RT/YouTube] 2:45 min
      • March 11, 2011 Honshu tsunami propagation [NOAAPMEL/YouTube] 1 min
      • How Tsunami work [Khwaja Naveed/YouTube] 2 min
      • Formation of a Tsunami (3D simulation) [SamuelR45 The WebUnlocked/YouTube] 2 min
      • Anatomy of a Tsunami [WoodsHoleOceanInst/YouTube] 2 min
      • Nature’s Fury: Tsunami Science – reading the geologic record [AMNH/YouTube] 3 min
      • Cascadia Anniversary [PortlandBEM/YouTube] 3 min
      • TSUNAMI [INGVterremoti/YouTube] 15 min
      • Tsunami Hawaii 2012 landslide Mega Tsunami [Fred Grauf/YouTube] 5 min
      • Most Unbelievable footage of Japanese Tsunami waves [Kasir Ali/YouTube] 6:50 min
      • 2011 Japan Tsunami Caught on CCTV cameras [601ProductionLTD/YouTube] 2 min
      • Japan Earthquake: Helicopter Aerial view video of giant tsunami waves [YouTube] 2:45 min
      • Most Unbelievable footage of Japanese Tsunami I have seen so far (taken from helicopter) [Yasir Ali/YouTube] 6:50 min
      • Japan’s Tsunami – How It Happened (1 of 5) [TellyNet/YouTube] 9 min (and the others # of 5)
      • Humongous Tsunami Devours Building instantly - Never before seen footage [IncredibleFootage/YouTube] 7 min
      • A Tsunami Strikes [NOVA PBS/YouTube] 2:30 min
      • TEDTalks: Lessons in courage, from a team of Japanese Firefighters
      • What GPS Can Tell Us About Earthquakes in the Pacific NW & Japan (updated) [UNAVCOVIDEOS/YouTube] 4 min

Volcanic Activity & Eruptions

Iceland: Surtsey, Heimaey, & The Rift

Cascadia Fault Zone, Pacific NW US

2011 Fukushima, Japan

2004 Sumatra, Banda Aceh

Alaska & The Aleutian Islands


CS Carbonotite Volcanoes

Columbia River Basalt Plateau

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Mt. Vesuvius, Italy: Pompeii, Herculaneum & Stabiae

Yellowstone National Park, WY -- The Bruno-Jarbridge Caldera

The Shatsky Ridge Submarine Supervolcano

1964 Earthquake, Prince William Sound, Alaska

The San Andreas Faultzone (and San Gabriel Mountains)

Further Reading

      • Book: The Control of Nature by John McPhee

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Landslides, Avalanches & Mass Movements

Tully, New York

Further Reading

      • Snowstruck: In The Grip of Avalanches by Jill Fredston 551.3 F
      • The Control of Nature by John McPhee. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 198


      • Deslizamiento [felixtruchas/YouTube] 1 min
      • The Science of Mudslides / How It Happens / The New York Times [NYTimes/YouTube] 2 min
      • Massive Landslide Caught on Tape 2016 [World News Channel/YouTube] 13 min


Hurricane Sandy 2012

Hurricane Katrina 2005

Hurricane Harvey 2017

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        • Stronger Hurricanes [NOVA: ScienceNOW]
        • 'Jeremiah Warren: How are hurricanes named?' [TED / You Tube]


Solar Storms & Supernovae



The Elwa River, Washington State (Elwha Dam, Glines Canyon Dam)

The Rio Grande

Johnstown, PA

Further Reading

        • The Control of Nature by John McPhee. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1989



Watch on You Tube

      • New Absolutely Incredible tornado video from Hattiesburg, MS EF4 [TVNweather/YouTube] 7 min
      • 3D Visualization of the Anatomy of a Tornado? [The Weather Channel/YouTube] 2:30 min
      • National Geographic – Witness Joplin Tornado (Documentary) [National Geographic Channel/YouTube] 45 min
      • Anatomy of a Lightning Strike in 3D [The Weather Channel/YouTube] 1:30 min
      • What is Tornado Alley? [The Weather Channel/YouTube] 2 min
      • Has Tornado Alley Moved? The Weather Channel/YouTube] 1:30 min
      • Hail Explained in 3D! [The Weather Channel/YouTube] 3 min
      • Panique sur la plage: une violente tempete de grele fait courir les baigneurs en Siberie [eruonews (en francais) /YouTube] 1 min
      • BBC News Oklahoma Tornado: What causes storms in ‘Tornado Alley’ [BBC Newss mribology/YouTube] 2.5 min

Rogue Waves

    • Maine 1926
    • Florida 1992

Blizzards & Nor'Easters

Asteroids, Meteorites, & AstroGeology

The Manson Structure

ALH 84001

Further Reading

      • Death From The Skies by Philip Plait, Ph.D. 520 P
      • Rocks from Space by O. Richard Norton 523.5 N
      • The Day The Sky Split Apart by Roy Gallant 523.5 G (Tunguska)
      • The Big Splat: How Our Moon Came To Be by MacKenzie 523.2 M

Global Warming (anthropogenic)

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      • 'Al Gore: What comes after An Inconvenient Truth?' [TED / You Tube]
      • 'Vicki Arroyo: Let’s prepare for our new climate' [TED / You Tube]

Rising Sea Levels

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          • 4 Things No One’s Telling You About The Coming Water World [NOVA PBS/YouTube] 2:30 min
          • Earth Observatory > Features > Sea Level Rise Hits Home at NASA
          • NASA Global Climate Change > Vital Signs > Sea Level
          • ‘Chasing Ice’ captures largest glacier calving [ExposureLabs/YouTube] 4 min
          • Glaciers & Their Effects [SEG ASUSC/YouTube] 3 min
          • Losing Alaska [DotEarth with Andrew Revkin/YouTube] 1.5 min
          • Greenland Ice Sheet Changing [SpaceRip/YouTube] 4 min
          • Science Bulletins: Shrinking Glaciers – A Chronology of Climate Change [AMNH/YouTube] 8 min

Acidifying Oceans

      • 'Acidification Fight Faces Political Hurdles' by Craig Welch, Jan. 22, 2014. The Seattle Times & Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Last accessed Feb 2, 2014.

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Heat Waves

  • Heat Wave Safety [American Red Cross]
  • Air Quality [NWS]
  • 'Is It Hot Enough For Ya?' by Eric Klinenberg, NYTimes Opinion. August 4, 2012. Accessed online 6 August 2012
  • 'Cooling the Country One Roof at a Time' Environment News Service. July 21, 2010.
  • London's Great Stink of 1858
  • The Great NY heat wave of 1896
  • The North American heat wave of 1936
  • The Chicago heat wave of 1995
  • The Europe heat wave of 2003

Watch on You Tube

      • 'Jeff Masters: 9 biggest weather disasters in the next 30 years' [TED / You Tube]


Further Reading

        • When the Rivers Run Dry by Fred Pearce 333.91 P


Wildfires & Forest Fires

2015 Forest Fire Season: Washington State

Further Reading

          • The Control of Nature by John McPhee. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1989



Volcanic Gas Emissions

Laki Eruption, Iceland 1783-84

Lake Kivu & Carbon Dioxide Release

Technological Disasters

Climate Change (See above)

Mine Spills

2015 Colorado Mine Spill

Topsoil Loss

Ozone Depletion

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Major Extinction Events in Earth's History

    • Cretaceous Paleogene (K-T Boundary @ 66 Ma)
    • Triassic Jurassic (201.3 Ma)
    • Permian Triassic ‘Mother of all Extinction Events’ at 252 Ma
    • Late Devonian 315-360 Ma
    • Ordovician Silurian 450 – 440 Ma

Watch on You Tube

    • The Siberian Traps and The Volcanic Mass Extinction Theory (full documentary) [TheVidSir/YouTube] 44 min