Survivors leave Tohoku a day after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Disaster preparations often focus on gear and logistics, but research in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami shows that strong social ties played a key role in helping communities rebound.
Post-Matthew flooding in eastern North Carolina.
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Why do some people evacuate ahead of disasters while others stay put? The rising death toll from Hurricane Matthew shows that often the poor and vulnerable are least able to move.
Damage from Hurricane Matthew in North Charleston, South Carolina, October 2016.
Conservative commentators accused government officials last week of hyping risks from Hurricane Matthew. A meteorologist explains why this is impossible in the internet era.
Destruction in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew.
At least 1,000 people perished when Hurricane Matthew battered Haiti last week, destroying houses and displacing tens of thousands
After hitting parts of Haiti with winds of 145 miles per hour, Hurricane Matthew is moving toward the U.S.
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As the U.S. braces for potential landfall of Hurricane Matthew, our experts weigh in on hurricanes, the need for resilient infrastructure and climate change.
A contaminated water sign on the sand following a rainstorm in Imperial Beach, California, December 2014.
Resistant bacteria enter our aging sewer infrastructure and may eventually end up in the environment through sewage spills.
FEMA photograph by John Fleck taken in Mississippi.
In response to disasters like Superstorm Sandy, engineers are developing new building codes and tools to calculate the value of upgrades. National policy should encourage builders to use these tools.
National Guard soldiers inspect homes in Rockaway Park, Queens, New York, after Superstorm Sandy, 2012.
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As Atlantic hurricane season opens on June 1, eastern U.S. cities can prepare by updating laws, codes and ordinances that hamper rebuilding after storms.
Flooding in Houston, April 18, 2016.
Extreme weather has an outsized impact on everyday life. Focusing on average weather patterns may make Americans dangerously complacent about how climate change is already affecting our lives.
Researchers compared the shipwreck history to tree ring data from slash pines to piece together the hurricane history over past centuries.
In an attempt to better understand hurricanes, researchers recreate hundreds of years of hurricane records with Spanish shipwreck logs and tree ring data.
Hurricane Pali churns over the eastern Pacific on January 11.
NASA Earth Observatory
January hurricanes are rare events, but two have already formed this month. Atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel explains the conditions that generated Pali and Alex.
Extreme drought, a predictable impact of El Niño, fuels wildfires on the island of Borneo on October 14.
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The third-ever 'super' El Niño is under way. Here's how it will affect your region in the US and how global warming affects this and future El Niños.
Caution: climate change can affect tectonic plates, too.
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Our climate is changing. But many of the devastating repercussions are little understood.
Hurricane Patricia as it made landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
False complacency: Hurricane Patricia didn't devastate Mexico as feared, but provides more evidence that warming waters raise the chances of more intense storms.
There were no fatalities from Hurricane Patricia, which was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall in Mexico.
Research shows that El Niño creates conditions for a certain type of hurricane – and offers clues as to how climate change can affect the severity of hurricanes.
Outside the Superdome in New Orleans on September 2 2005.
The experiences of Hurricane Katrina evacuees spotlight the difficulties with our social “safety net” and the holes through which the poorest can fall.
A New Orleans policeman during a boat rescue mission in New Orleans on September 6 2005.
New Orleans police have been eulogized as heroes and condemned as racists in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A scholar examines the legacy of conflicting narratives and points to a way forward.
Katrina shortly after landfall.
NOAA/NASA GOES Project
The latest science on hurricanes and climate change explained – vital information for coastal regions to prepare for the effects of more intense storms.
When will the next big one strike?
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A look at the Florida insurance market following the flurry of severe hurricanes in 2004-2005 shows that pooling risk can cut losses.
Everybody’s leaving New Orleans ahead of Katrina.
Rick Wilking / Reuters
Hurricanes can be deadly to those in their path. Officials don't want to unnecessarily alarm before solid forecasts are in place, but residents need enough time to prepare and heed evacuation orders.