Astonishing Natural Disasters In History


Supercell Thunderstorm in Montana, 2010 (US)

It seems like there's a natural disaster every other day somewhere in the world, and it's easy to panic about something with "disaster" right in the name. That's not to say there's nothing to be alarmed about---don't take this as discouragement from following your local authorities' evacuation instructions when the big one hits. It's important to remember, however, that Mother Earth is an old broad. She's been there, done that, and she's survived much worse than what's currently being thrown at her. Well, mostly.

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The above photo was taken during a storm that caused some of the least damage of anything you'll see here, but boy, it sure looks cool. It's called a supercell, which is a thundercloud that "contains a deep and persistent rotating updraft called a mesocyclone." We don't know what that means, but the result is benignly terrifying. This one happened just west of Glasgow, Montana in July 2010, and pretty much just hung out for several hours, scaring the bejeesus out of the local residents who must have thought they were about to be abducted by aliens, before nonchalantly moving on.