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Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters Main Release

Nature's Fury
© United States Geological Survey; Photo by G.E. Ulrich


From earthquakes and volcanoes to tornadoes and hurricanes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Opening at the American Museum of Natural History on November 15, Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters will uncover the causes of these natural disasters, explore the consequences, and consider the risks they pose.

Starting with a powerful panoramic video installation that contrasts nature's immense power with our own human scale, Nature's Fury will tell the stories of how individuals and communities cope and adapt in the aftermath of these events—and how scientists are helping to reduce the risks, to plan responses, and to prepare for future events. Interactive stations will help visitors discover the processes behind each of these natural phenomena with touchable specimens, videos and animations, models, and simulations. Visitors also will generate a virtual volcano, stand in the eye of a roaring tornado, and experience the sounds of earthquakes—even create an “earthquake” by jumping next to a seismometer.