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Mega Disasters

Mega Disasters

Mega disasters will simulate how our modern citis might hold up in the face of some very old global catastrophes, including the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, the 1883 Krakatoa volcanic eruption, the mass extinction from a meteor impact 380 million years ago, and a methane release in the world's oceans that caused the worst mass extinction in world history some 251 million years ago.

Mega Tsunami
8,000 years ago, waves taller than the Statue of Liberty ruined the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, devastating ancient villages. Watch as a team of scientists piece together evidence of this mega storm.
Hypercane
65 million years ago a massive asteroid crashed into Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. 75% of all life on earth vanished; but could a single asteroid have been the lone killer?
Dam Break
When the South Fork Dam gave way in a storm in 1889, it was the worst disaster in U.S. history. Today, with millions of Americans living nearby massive dams, the result of a failure could be catastrophic.
Airborne Attack
Experts predict that anthrax released over a populated area would result in unprecedented loss of life. Will anthrax be used to create a worldwide disaster?
Toxic Cloud
Industry-wide efforts are underway across the country to find alternatives to replace dangerous chemicals used nowadays, but can safer chemicals be introduced in time to prevent a disaster?
Volcanic Winter
The largest volcanic eruption of the past two million years occurred on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. We will recreate the storm and unveil how it could have brought humanity to the edge of extinction.
Atlantis Apocalypse
3500 years ago, a catastrophic volcanic disaster supposedly wiped out the island of Thera and the advanced civilisation of Atlantis.
British Superflood
Could Great Britain have once been connected to Europe by land? 3-D animations recreate what this prehistoric mega storm may have looked like and unravel the mystery behind the creation of England.
Comet Storm
13,000 years ago a large comet exploded, unleashing a mass of burning fragments. Nearly every living thing on the North American continent was destroyed, including an ancient civilization.
Deadly Jet Collision
In March 1977, on the island of Tenerife, people were killed when two Boeing 747s collided at Los Rodeos Airport. Though decades have passed, root causes for the tragedy at Tenerife remain with us today.
Glow Train
A freight train carrying 1 million pounds of propane goes off like a bomb and the entire town is evacuated. Next, a train tunnel fire billows clouds of hydrochloric acid.
Noah's Great Flood
Could the biblical story of Noah be true? Rising sea levels and a mega storm 8,000 years ago may lend this story some credence.
Comet Catastrophe
A huge comet crashing into the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco, could cause millions of casualties. It would generate a massive earthquake and a lethal megatsunami that could desolate coastal communities.
Krakatoa's Revenge
In 1883, Krakatoa erupted and created the modern world's first 'mega disaster'. The huge eruption culminated in massive explosions that blew the island volcano to bits, resulting in nearly 37,0000 deaths.
The Next Pompeii
In 79AD, Vesuvius in Italy erupted and destroyed the metropolis of Pompeii. Today, experts fear that Vesuvius could erupt again and wipe the city of Naples from the map.
Oil Apocalypse
We are now living in a world in which the gap between supply and demand is ever increasing. What ensues is a scramble for the basic necessities of life as the struggle descends into outright warfare.
Alien Infection
As spacecraft leave our atmosphere to investigate the possibility of life on Mars, some experts fear that one could bring back a harmful sample from Mars that could endanger mankind.
Mega Drought
Many climatologists are warning that intense and prolonged droughts could ravage the interior of the Western United States, leading to catastrophic water shortages.
Glacier Meltdown
As temperatures rise, a global meltdown has begun. Oceans throughout the world are also becoming hotter. Warmer seas fuel more intense hurricanes. Scientists predict that the worst is yet to come.
Gamma Ray Burst
Aside from the Big Bang, the most powerful explosions in the Universe are Gamma Ray Bursts. Scientists believe that one of these was responsible for a great Mass Extinction on Earth 450 million years ago.
Gamma Ray Burst
Aside from the Big Bang, the most powerful explosions in the Universe are Gamma Ray Bursts. Scientists believe that one of these was responsible for a great Mass Extinction on Earth 450 million years ago.
Hawaii Apocalypse
The active volcanoes on Hawaii could not only erupt at any time but would also be accompanied by earthquakes. The potential for damage and loss from a major eruption is astronomical throughout Hawaii.
L.A.'s Killer Quake
The Puente Hills Thrust Fault has been identified as a lethal contender and if it ruptures into an earthquake directly below downtown Los Angeles, scientists believe it could cause extensive destruction.
Methane Explosion
The greatest mass extinction in Earth's history was caused by a gigantic eruption of methane gas. The eruption could cause destructive tsunamis and a conflagration as the clouds of methane gas ignite.
Methane Explosion
The greatest mass extinction in Earth's history was caused by a gigantic eruption of methane gas. The eruption could cause destructive tsunamis and a conflagration as the clouds of methane gas ignite.
New York Earthquake
What would happen if a major earthquake were to strike New York City today? Even a relatively moderate temblor could destroy billions of dollars worth of property and kill thousands of people.
New York Earthquake
What would happen if a major earthquake were to strike New York City today? Even a relatively moderate temblor could destroy billions of dollars worth of property and kill thousands of people.
Super Swarms
The locust is one of the most destructive life forms on Earth and the American pioneers had faced catastrophes created by swarms of locust. Famine followed, hundreds died and thousands faced starvation.
Super Swarms
The locust is one of the most destructive life forms on Earth and the American pioneers had faced catastrophes created by swarms of locust. Famine followed, hundreds died and thousands faced starvation.
Mega Freeze
Many experts fear that such an abrupt climate change could have devastating effects across the planet. We may have little time to prepare. In fact, it may already be too late to prevent a global disaster.
California's Katrina
The floods that destroyed so much of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina showed how fragile levee systems can be. By revisiting the Katrina disaster, we witness what happens when a city floods.
California's Katrina
The floods that destroyed so much of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina showed how fragile levee systems can be. By revisiting the Katrina disaster, we witness what happens when a city floods.
East Coast Tsunami
Historically, there has been a significant number of tsunami disasters. Leaping forward we hear from leading tsunami scientists about the possibility of a potentially catastrophic collapse.
Yellowstone Eruption
6,000 years ago, the Yellowstone Volcano erupted. Lava covered 3,000-square miles with ash 3-feet thick. When it erupts again, it will create a global cataclysm beyond human comprehension.
Earthquake In The Heartland
A system of earthquake faults lurks beneath the Mississippi River basin, loaded and ready to erupt. The New Madrid Fault remains a seismically active area and experts expect an eruption. But when?
Asteriod Apocalypse
Explore the disastrous effects of a 2 km-long asteroid hitting just off the coast of Los Angeles. Watch as the impact's blast wipes out not just Los Angeles, but communities within 100 miles of the coast.
Asteriod Apocalypse
Explore the disastrous effects of a 2 km-long asteroid hitting just off the coast of Los Angeles. Watch as the impact's blast wipes out not just Los Angeles, but communities within 100 miles of the coast.
American Volcano
Mount Rainier holds more ice and snow than all the volcanoes in the Cascade Range combined. Even a small eruption could unleash a debris mudslide that would entomb several towns. When will Rainier erupt?
American Volcano
Mount Rainier holds more ice and snow than all the volcanoes in the Cascade Range combined. Even a small eruption could unleash a debris mudslide that would entomb several towns. When will Rainier erupt?
West Coast Tsunami
What would happen if a massive earthquake and tsunami were to strike the West Coast of the United States? Seismologists and researchers are trying to understand what we can do to minimize the disaster.