Tales of wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other reminders of who's really in charge.
The night the fires came to Wildcat Canyon.
The impossibility of predicting cataclysmic events like the Haitian earthquake has not prevented scientists from trying. A survey of the dismal science of disaster prognostication.
While many travelers fled the adventure hubs of Thailand after the December 26 disaster, a dedicated corps of divers and backpackers arrived to help. Here’s their story.
The experts believe Mount Rainier will give plenty of notice before it erupts again—the problem is that it can kill in other ways.
Skeletons of Hurricane Sandy, and what was left for one couple on Pioneer Street.
Flames leap 200 feet in the air and burn at 2,000 degrees. A rain of fire sets thousands of acres ablaze. The smoke jumpers may get the glory, but the battle is being won by the wildfire simulation brigade.
Scientists had long suspected frackers caused earthquakes. But when a dead fault unleashed a 5.7 on Oklahoma, it rocked seismology to the core.
Two years after the killer hurricane, those hit hardest are still fighting despair and searching for hope.
How we saved San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906.
Eight hours in Twister Alley, looking for the sky to go atomic.
Sailing post-earthquake aid to Haiti as part of an ad hoc group seemed like an urgent—and adventuresome—opportunity. One out of two ain’t bad.
The day, one year ago, that Hurricane Irene nearly drowned Prattsville, New York, population 700.
Why are wildfires defying long-standing computer models?
Can California build the new water system experts say it needs—before an earthquake brings the levees down?
Volunteers pitch in when farmers find themselves in trouble.
Where Iceland’s volcano has set off a wave of high-technology panic, a volcanic eruption in Java over a century ago set off something benign and quite lovely.
The volcanic ash cloud from Eyjafjallajokull has caused travel chaos and misery. But we were lucky. An eruption in the future could wipe out the human race.
While most of the world has stopped paying attention to Haiti, he has become the de facto leader of the effort to rebuild the country after the historic earthquake. The problem is, there wasn’t much there to begin with.
A year and a half after the island was reduced to rubble by an earthquake, the world’s unprecedented effort to rebuild it has turned into a disaster of good intentions.
What does it take to recover from an emotional and financial catastrophe? Ten years after the Oakland wildfires, three families look back.
A harrowing tale of life and death in an out-of-bounds ski area in Washington State, this is the extended version of the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times report.
If a scientist stands in the way of 150 tons of snow crashing down a mountain at 50 mph, can he figure out why it let loose and when it will again?
First went the power. Then came the water, and for five days, the country’s oldest hospital was under siege. The never-before-told story of the heroic doctors, nurses, and patients who fought to survive Hurricane Katrina at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.
On mankind’s shifting engagement with the spiritual and scientific worlds in the wake of natural disasters.
In the wake of Fukushima, Sandy, and Nemo—not to mention North Korean nuclear tests—disaster is a growth business.
Monster earthquakes are going off all around the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire. Is the West Coast of North America next? And can you surf a tsunami?
As Japan reels from the tsunami, archeologists claim to have discovered the lost city of Atlantis, a fabled place built—like much of the world—in the crosshairs of nature.
Armed with a capricious radiation detector, National Book Award winner William T. Vollmann ventures into the hot zone mere days after Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster.