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Special Exhibit

Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters

Opens November 15

Pu'u 'O'o Volcano

Pu’u ‘O’o’ – a classic cinder-and-spatter volcanic cone on Kilauea Hawaii. 

From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and affect people around the world. 

Nature’s Fury will uncover the causes of these natural disasters, explore the risks associated with each, and examine how people cope and adapt in their aftermath. Interactive displays and animations will help visitors understand how natural phenomena work. By monitoring earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulating an earthquake fault, generating a virtual volcano, standing within the center of a roaring tornado, and exploring the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City, visitors will learn how scientists are helping to make better predictions, plan responses, and prepare for future events.

Image Credit: USGS: Photo by G.E. Ulrich 

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