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06 September 2023

Extreme Natural Phenomena

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The unfolding climate emergency has inured us to hearing dire predictions about how our world is becoming a more unstable and inhospitable place: melting ice, rising sea levels, extreme weather events, floods and droughts all result not only in environmental destruction, but also in risks to health and food security. As if that were not enough, there is growing scientific evidence that climate change may also play a role in geological phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. And while there is still debate about what magnitudes these secondary effects of global warming may reach, there no longer seems to be any doubt that the risk is real. 

What is the largest tsunami ever recorded? And the hurricane that has travelled the farthest? Where has the Earth been hit hardest by an earthquake? We bring together some of the most extreme natural events on this interactive map.

Javier Yanes

This article was originally published in February 2016 by Elena Sanz

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