It’s no secret that our planet has a host of terrifying natural phenomena that can easily end someone’s life. It’s really an odd enigma for us humans to witness vast frighting displays of power while at the same time admiring a complex statement of beauty. Take hurricanes for example. These vast powerful storms have claimed the lives of thousands of people, but who can resist gawking at the sight of a meteorological picture and witnessing its stupefying scale. Or how about a volcano? Some volcanoes are responsible for the death of many people, even to the point of eradicating entire villages. However, who can deny the striking spectacle of liquid fire shooting in the air and flowing down a “mountain”? You can almost say mother nature has a sick sense of humor.
Today we are going to present to you some of the most terrifying natural phenomena in existence. But don’t be fooled by their apparent beauty. Some of these devastating acts of nature can snuff out the life of thousands in the blink of a moment. It’s important to understand them and even more important to respect them. These are 25 terrifying natural phenomena that could end your life.
Generally, experts agree that a waterspout is a tornado occurring over water. Specifically, it normally refers to a small, relatively weak rotating column of air over water. Waterspouts are most common over tropical or subtropical waters.
Some have described it as earth’s vomit but this intimidating yet equally impressive natural phenomenon has been responsible for one of the biggest natural disasters of all time. Of course we’re referring to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, during which Pompeii (and its 35,000 citizens) disappeared forever.
Tsunamis are giant tidal waves caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the sea and have become particularly famous worldwide after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. This disastrous calamity cost the lives of about 280,000 people in one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern history.
A tropical cyclone is a generic term used by meteorologists to describe a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and has closed, low-level circulation. They can reach a sustained wind capacity of at least 74 miles per hour. The most intense wind speed capacity ever recorded is 200 miles per hour (320 km/h) in Hurricane Patricia in 2015.
A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the earth’s surface and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. Tornadoes have frequently been the cause of multiple disasters—including the loss of human life—and they are often called twisters or cyclones, even though the word cyclone is used more widely in meteorology to identify any closed, low-pressure circulation system.