Forces of Nature!

This week we continue to focus on forces of nature, such as hurricanes, tornados, volcanoes and earthquakes. Below, you’ll find links to a variety of websites that focus on natural disasters. Be sure to check out the many titles in our collection on the forces of nature that shape our world.
Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America
By Ted Steinberg Call Number: GB5007 .S74 2006 (4th floor)
Encyclopedia of Disasters: Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies
By Angus Gunn Call Number: GB5014 .G86 2008 (2nd floor Reference)
Earth Shock: Hurricances, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tornados and other Forces of Nature
By Andrew Robinson Call Number:GB5014 .R62 1993 (4th floor)
Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones
By David Longshore Call Number: QC944 .L66 2008 (2nd floor Reference)
Experience the Forces of Nature for yourself: Watch a preview of the giant-screen film, find out where to see it, get wallpapers, view lesson plans, contribute to our Forces of Nature grant fund, and more.

National Weather Service: National Hurricane Center

Towering 1,200ft above the tropical stillness of the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, one of the most terrifying volcanoes the world has ever known has begun to stir once more. Almost 126 years to the day since Krakatoa first showed signs of an imminent eruption, stunning pictures released this week prove that the remnant of this once-enormous volcano is bubbling, boiling and brimming over.

Earthquakes also occur within plates, although plate-boundary earthquakes are much more common. Less than 10 percent of all earthquakes occur within plate interiors. As plates continue to move and plate boundaries change over geologic time, weakened boundary regions become part of the interiors of the plates. These zones of weakness within the continents can cause earthquakes in response to stresses that originate at the edges of the plate or in the deeper crust.

Although tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, these destructive forces of nature are found most frequently in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains during the spring and summer months. In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and over 1,500 injuries.