About the Exhibition

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 uncovers the causes of these natural forces, explores the consequences, and considers the risks they pose.

Interactive stations will help visitors discover the processes behind each of these natural phenomena, with opportunities to manipulate a model earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand in the still eye of a roaring tornado, and assess the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City. 

The exhibition will also examine how individuals and communities cope and adapt in the aftermath of these events—and how scientists are helping to reduce the risks, plan responses, and prepare for future events.

Meet the Curator

Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters at the American Museum of Natural History is overseen by Curator Edmond Mathez in the Museum’s Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences, whose research interests include mantle petrology, the petrological evolution of layered mafic intrusions, and the evolution of early Earth.

Learn more about Dr. Mathez’s work in this video profile.