Natural Disasters

Caribbean Corals in Dire Trouble, Study Finds

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 22, 2003   View Article

Corals are rapidly disappearing from reefs in the Caribbean and unless conservation actions are taken immediately the trend may prove irreversible, according to British scientists who performed the first ever basin-wide survey of coral reef decline.

“We all knew it was bad, but not this bad,” said Isabelle Côté, a biologist at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

“Supercities” Vulnerable to Killer Quakes, Expert Warns

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 2, 2003   View Article

Unless protective measures are taken, once every century or so when the Earth trembles in a violent release of pent up tension, buildings will tumble, streets will buckle, and pipelines will snap, leaving upwards of a million people crushed beneath the debris.

That is the conclusion of Roger Bilham, a geological scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder who studied the potential impact of earthquakes on the world’s rapidly expanding urban populations in the 21st century.

1993 Volcano Eruption Spews Books

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 13, 2001   View Article

High in the Andes the Earth’s crust shatters with a sonic boom and incandescent rocks sizzle through the air. Six scientists and three tourists perish instantly. Several others run for their lives. Firebombs pummel them. Flesh burns. Bones break. Wounds bleed.

The 1993 eruption of Colombia’s Galeras volcano was a disaster.

“No one predicted there would be an eruption,” said Stanley Williams, a professor of geology at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona, whose firsthand account of the 1993 eruption, Surviving Galeras, was published this April.

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