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"Nature's Fury" (1996) is a documentary by National Geographic about natural disasters. It includes what was then the latest science on earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Not only does the documentary show the emotional impact such disasters have on people, it also shows how they alter the landscape.

National Geographic
1 Season, 17 Episodes
August 9, 1996
Documentary & Biography, Nature
Cast: Chris Terrill
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  • On June 30, 1908, a giant fireball exploded in the Siberian sky with a force a thousand times greater than the Hiroshima bomb, decimating 1,000 square miles of forest. What caused the apocalyptic fire in the sky?

  • When greenhouse gases escaped from depressurized lava on the Earth's surface 250 million years ago, the massive global warming that ensued wiped out 95% of the planet's species...and paved the way for dinosaurs.

  • Recent warming trends in seawater and air temperature point to a possible mega-drought in the next thirty to fifty years. Could we be facing a replay of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s on an even bigger scale?

  • In 79 A.D., the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii and killed 5,000 people. The volcano is quiet at the moment, but the only consistency in Vesuvius' eruptive history is a lack of consistency.

  • What would happen if a Category 3 hurricane were to hit New York City? The extensive history of Northeast hurricanes suggests that a storm of this size is a very real and dangerous possibility.

  • Examine the cataclysmic earthquake that struck San Francisco on April 18, 1906, and discover how the city's rush to get back in business came at a price.

  • 8,000 years before the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, waves taller than the Statue of Liberty ravaged the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea. 3D animation recreates the massive waves that may have changed the course of history.

  • Archaeological director Baldasarre Conticello takes viewers on a tour of the ruins of the cities encrusted by incendiary ash when deadly Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.

  • What happens when the most intense tornado ever measured strikes? It happened once before in Oklahoma City. With winds clocked at 318 miles per hour, the monster twister carved a path through the city up to a mile wide.

  • Tsunamis are one of the most terrifying forces of nature, destroying all in their path. What are the enormous forces that generate these catastrophic waves deep on the ocean floor?

  • As temperatures rise, a global meltdown has begun. From the Andes to the Himalayas to the Alps, glaciers are vanishing.

  • What would happen if a massive earthquake and tsunami were to strike the West Coast of the U.S.? Experts say it could easily match the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in scale and might. What can we do to minimize disaster?

  • Inflicting over $80 billion in damage and causing the deaths of over 1800 people, Hurricane Katrina was among the greatest engineering disasters in US history. But was Katrina really the "big one" New Orleans had been waiting for?

  • This documentary looks at how earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods shape our landscapes and our lives. Included are rational explanations of the causes behind several natural disasters against the stories of people who survived them.

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