Britannica School Spring Activities: Natural Disasters

April 17, 2018

Storm chasers photographing a tornado. IMAGEQUEST/ Mike Berger / Photo Researchers / Universal Images Group

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In a given year there may be several hundred large-scale disasters worldwide, causing thousands of human deaths and affecting millions of people. The year 2017 was no exception. We saw landslides in Sierra Leone. Hurricanes Irma and Harvey rocked the United States. Mexico experienced one of its deadliest earthquakes in three decades.

The term “natural disaster” usually refers to a catastrophic event resulting from a natural process such as a storm or a volcanic eruption. Natural disasters can severely impact human society by causing extensive fatalities and injuries.

Destruction of homes and businesses brings both a personal and an economic toll. Entire ecosystems are affected because natural disasters can cause drastic changes to soil, air, and water, thus impacting all living things that depend on these resources. Click through the links below to learn more about natural disasters and to sample Britannica’s coverage of the causes, effects, and events themselves that we will highlight this month.

What is the life span of the average tornado? How are scientists using historical data to simulate possible future tsunamis? What was the Super Outbreak of 2011 and why was it so “super”? Find the answers to those questions and more with these Britannica School activities!

Britannica School Resource Packs

Don’t know where to start? We’ve created Britannica School resource packs to help—articles, images, videos, and more.

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Dive in! Dig deeper with the following article and video.

READ: FEMA Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum

WATCH: Earthquake!

Click the image to watch the video.

Now what? Make it stick with these activities:

Strategy Card: Remix Riot

Graphic Organizer: Remix Riot

 


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