Disasters Explained

Tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, volcanoes, wildfires - everything you need to know about disasters

Natural disasters affect thousands of thousands of people each year, all around the world.

They can cause deaths, injuries, homelessness, loss or damage to infrastructure, massive population movements, and much more.

But why and how exactly do they form? How often and where do they happen? What are the devastating and often lingering effects of disasters like tsunamis, floods, and volcanic eruptions?

Explore our Disasters Explained series to find out the answers to these questions and many more.

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Disasters Explained: Hurricanes

Find out everything you need to know about the destructive power of hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons.

Disasters Explained: Floods

Floods are among the most common and devastating disasters. Read more about why they happen and their effects.

Disasters Explained: Tsunamis

Tsunamis can destroy lives, homes, crops and roads in the blink of an eye. Learn more about what they are, what causes them and what the effects are.

Disasters Explained: Volcanoes

Learn what volcanoes are, how they erupt, and the deadly effects of a volcanic eruption.

Disasters Explained: Earthquakes and Landslides

Powerful earthquakes and landslides can be very deadly. Learn everything you need to know about earthquakes and landslides and how we help.

Disasters Explained: Wildfires

Wildfires burn millions of acres of land every year. Find out more about what they are, their connection with climate change, and facts about the 2020 Australia bushfires.