SCARY NATURAL PHENOMENAS
Added on: 16th Nov 2016
A landslide is the movement of rock, debris, or earth down a
slope. They result from the failure of the materials that make
up the hill slope and are driven by the force of gravity.
Landslides are also known as landslips, slumps, or slope
failure and they are responsible for the deaths of
anywhere between 25 – 50 people annually.
An ice storm is composed of freezing rain, also known as a
glaze event or, in some parts of the United States, a silver thaw.
They are considered one of the most dangerous natural
phenomena in the world and have become the reason many
people have lost their lives during extremely icy winters.
A hailstorm consists of tens of thousands of balls or
irregular lumps of ice called hailstones that, depending on
their size, can bust your head open or even kill you in
A flood is a temporary partial or complete deluge of dry land
areas from the overflow of inland or tidal waters from the
uncommon and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface
waters from any source. They might not sound as scary as
hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes but believe it or not
floods have actually killed more people over time than
any other natural phenomena. Moreover, floods are the
most common type of natural disaster worldwide.
FLAMMABLE ICE BUBBLES
Despite their beauty, these strange white bubbles trapped just
inches beneath the surface of frozen ice are in fact highly
flammable pockets of toxic methane with potentially deadly
effects. Scientists believe that if the earth’s temperature
continues to rise, methane could be released into the atmosphere
and kill every living organism in the surrounding area.
EXTREME HEAT WAVES
A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessively hot weather
that may be accompanied by high humidity, especially in
oceanic climate countries where there are thousands
of victims every summer.
Earthquakes are some of the most disastrous, deadly and
catastrophic natural events humans have experienced
and some have killed hundreds of thousands of
people and levelled whole cities.
Sinkholes are caused by the dissolving of rocks (such as
limestone, carbonate rock and salt beds) due to groundwater
peculating through and eroding them in the process.
As rocks dissolve, space is created which weakens a
foundation and helps create voids ranging from a few feet
to hundreds of acres. In 2010, a sinkhole in Guatemala City
killed fifteen people and was caused when heavy rain from
Tropical Storm Agatha, diverted by leaking pipes into a
pumice bedrock which led to the sudden collapse of the
ground beneath a factory building.