25 Terrifying Natural Phenomena That Could End Your Life

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.

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Supercell

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A supercell is a thunderstorm characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone, which is a deep, constantly rotating updraft. Because of this, these storms are sometimes referred to as rotating thunderstorms and trust us when we say you don’t want to take a “ride” on one of them.


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Squall Line

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A squall line is a line of thunderstorms that can form along or ahead of a cold front. In the early twentieth century, the term was used as a synonym for a cold front.



It contains heavy precipitation, hail, frequent lightning, strong straight-line winds, and possibly tornadoes and waterspouts.

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Polar Vortex

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A polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air, which sits over a polar region during the winter.



There are two polar vortices on planet Earth, one around the North Pole, and one around the South Pole. Bonus fact, Saturn’s south pole is the only place in our solar system to host a hot polar vortex.

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Lightning

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Lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge during an electrical storm between electrically charged regions of a cloud, between one cloud and another cloud, or between a cloud and the ground (the so-called CG lightning that has killed many people).



They might look fascinating but lightning strikes have been responsible for killing numerous people including a whole African soccer team.

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Landslide

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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.

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