Inside Natural Disasters
September 28, 2012 – May 5, 2013
About the exhibition: From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature's forces have shaped our dynamic planet. Get an understanding of how they work and a real sense of their power. Find out how people cope and adapt in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
Plan your visit: Hours, directions, parking, what's on, and more.
Note: No photography in this exhibition at the request of the lending institution, The Field Museum.
Pu'u 'O'o is a classic cinder-and-spatter volcanic cone on Kilauea, Hawaii, U.S.A. Expanding gases in the lava fountain tear the liquid rock into irregular globs that fall back to earth, forming a heap around the vent.
Bryan Vernon and Dorothy Bell are rescued from their rooftop after Hurricane Katrina hit, causing flooding in their New Orleans, U.S.A., neighbourhood on August 29, 2005.
An F-4 category tornado bears down on storm chaser Tim Samaras, New Manchester, South Dakota, U.S.A.
A fissure in one of San Francisco's streets caused by the earthquake of April 18, 1906.
Karl Pavlovich Bryullov (1799–1852), The Last Day of Pompeii, 1833, oil on canvas, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Satellite image of the eye of Hurricane Katrina at 10:15 am, August 30, 2005.
The first tornado captured by the National Severe Storms Laboratory Doppler radar and NSSL chase personnel. This tornado was located outside of Union City, Oklahoma, U.S.A., May 24, 1973.
October 18, 1989: A collapsed house crushed a car in the Marina District of San Francisco. This was one of the areas worst hit by an earthquake estimated at 6.9 on the Richter scale that rocked California, U.S.A., on October 17, 1989.
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- “Royal Canadian” Diatoms from the Rideau Hall Pond in Ottawa
Museum volunteer Joe Holmes collects "Royal" diatoms from a pond on the grounds of the Governor General's residence, Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Windswept Wonders: Collecting Plants and Lichens in Arviat
Paul Sokoloff reflects on a one-month collecting trip by museum botanists around a Nunavut community on the shores of Hudson Bay.
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This exhibition and its tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.