Disaster movies are one and the same—we’re all just watching them to see the world come under attack and famous landmarks get destroyed. “Oh my god, did they just do that to the Golden Gate Bridge?” “Not the Sydney Opera House!” But there’s one disaster movie that’s better than them all: Independence Day.
In November 2013, Yahoo hired high-profile TV news anchor Katie Couric to be its “global anchor,” a nebulous position that company CEO Marissa Mayer said would involve “being the face of Yahoo News and shooting features for our homepage.” Couric was compensated handsomely for the deal, receiving $6 million per year,…
A substantial landslide closed part of Washington state’s highway this week. The more impressive part? This mess is going to take days to weeks to clean up.
A parking lot outside an IHOP in Meridian, Mississippi collapsed the other day leaving a nearly 400 foot by 35 foot gash that swallowed around a dozen cars. Authorities don’t know whether it’s a sinkhole that opened up or a drain collapse that caused the ground to give out like that. They don’t think it’s a sinkhole…
This is crazy. A fire broke out in Lake County, California and devastated nearly 95 square miles. One elderly woman was killed, 13,000 people have been displaced and hundreds of home are now gone. It’s a total tragedy. Here is footage from inside the fire and it burns so hot it’s really unbelievable to see.
The earthquake that killed thousands of people in Nepal and destroyed priceless heritage sites also flattened hundreds of thousands of normal homes and buildings. Now, the rubble from those structures is being put to use by an architect who is designing permanent shelters for those who lost their homes.
A couple years ago, NASA and DHS unveiled a portable radar unit based on technology used to monitor spacecraft. This radar unit, though, would be used closer to home—to find people burried under rubble. In the first real-world demonstration of its use, the device helped save 4 men trapped under earthquake rubble in…
Sometimes a disaster becomes a feature. This is an actual home in Fountain City, Wisconsin, which was almost crushed by the very rock that is now its most intriguing architectural detail.
You peer warily out of the single window in your zombie-proof steel box. The street seems deserted—except for a lone figure who is staring at you from a distance. Is it 2079, in the years after the Great Drought Plague!? No, it's 2015 in Royal Oak, Michigan, and that zombie is a curious local Fox reporter.
What would we eat in the event of global catastrophe? Two researchers have come up with the answers and let's just say that it involves plenty of bacterial slime and rats.
What do you think is the greatest threat facing the world? A new survey queries people in countries all around the globe and finds that how you answer may depend on where you live — and on your politics.
There's a hurricane heading your way and your local supermarket is out of batteries and water. Fear not: Popular Science's Allie Wilkinson has a quick and handy guide to surviving a hurricane with household items.
If there was a tsunami warning in your area, could you escape on foot? That's the question a new tool released by the USGS takes on. The Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst takes into account not just foot-speed but terrain, and also highlights the areas of high-ground that would likely be the safest points.
Fire whirls, commonly known as "fire tornadoes" and "firenadoes," can make destructive fires even more horrifying as the flames are swept up into a swirling column of fire. These images show this frightening phenomenon during various fires.
Did these earthquake scientists deserve to go to prison for six years? David Wolman has a fascinating article in Matter today about the Italian geologists who were imprisoned for manslaughter after residents of a city sued them for not warning them strongly enough about quake risks.
Though we understand what causes pits and chasms to open up in the ground, we can't predict them. And that leads to disasters like the ones in these pictures, which can strike in the middle of a field or the middle of a city — with terrifying results.
Could this be humanity's last century on the planet? Of course! Here are seven scientifically plausible ways that our species might die out sooner rather than later.
This is horrifying: A Chilean man was seriously injured when the elevator he was riding malfunctioned and shot up 31 floors in just 15 seconds, smashing right through the ceiling.
The "massive malfunction" that killed seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 also forever changed NASA, an agency that seemed infallible. What breakdown in the decision-making process led to the shuttle lifting off? The organizational structure of NASA itself played a bigger role than you might…
Bushfires are one of the most deadly and destructive natural disasters in Australia — they can move at incredible speeds and wipe out a town in minutes. Now a team of engineers believe that they can fight these fires by blasting them with explosive force. In this video, you can see how it works.