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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Derecho-commons.wikimedia.org_Source: Wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

A “derecho” (coming from the Spanish word in adjective form for “straight”) is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm associated with a land-based, fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms.

It can produce severe hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, heavy rains, and flash floods.



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A blizzard is a severe snowstorm characterized by strong sustained winds of at least 56 km/h (35 mph) and lasting for a prolonged period of time, typically three or more hours.



Avallanches-en.wikipedia.org_Source: Wikipedia, Image: en.wikipedia.org

Technically an avalanche is any amount of snow sliding down a mountainside. It can be compared to a landslide, only with snow instead of earth. Another common term for an avalanche is snowslide.

As an avalanche gets closer to the bottom of the slope, it gains speed and strength, and this can cause even the smallest of snowslides to be a major disaster. They are generally considered the greatest enemies of skiers and climbers.


Limnic eruptions

Lake-NyosLake Nyos after eruption | Source: Wikipedia, Image: en.wikipedia.org

A limnic eruption (also known as a lake overturn) is a rare type of natural disaster in which dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) suddenly erupts from deep lake water, suffocating wildlife, livestock, and humans. Limnic eruptions may also cause tsunamis in the lake as the rising gas displaces water.

Again, these eruptions are rare and to date, only two limnic eruptions have been recorded. In 1984, a limnic eruption in Lake Monoun caused the deaths of 37 residents. A much larger eruption occurred in 1986 at nearby Lake Nyos, which killed between 1,700 and 1,800.



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Wildfires are large uncontrolled fires which often start in wildland areas. Common causes include lightning and drought but wildfires may also be the result of human negligence and/or arson.

They can spread to populated areas making them a threat to humans as well as wildlife. According to a study, wildfires are responsible for killing around 339,000 people around the world annually. Notable cases of wildfires include the 1871 Peshtigo Fire in the United States, which killed at least 1700 people, and the 2009 Victorian bushfires in Australia.

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