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The American Museum of Natural History Announces Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters

Photo of an erupting volcano shows fire spewing up into a dark sky and lava rolling in streams down the sides of the cone.
© 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 and explore the consequences. The exhibition will also examine how individuals and communities cope and adapt in the aftermath of these events. The exhibition is overseen by Curator Edmond Mathez in the Museum’s Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Interactive displays and animations will help visitors understand how these natural phenomena occur. In the exhibition, visitors can monitor earthquakes worldwide, in real time, manipulate a model earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand within the center of a roaring tornado, and watch the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City. As visitors engage with and explore these interactive exhibits, they will learn how scientists are helping to make better predictions, to plan responses, and to prepare for future events. The exhibition will close on August 9, 2015.