Earthquake drills, advance warning systems and higher building standards all help to save lives.
The Caribbean is facing its second deadly hurricane in as many weeks. This isn't just bad luck: the region's extreme vulnerability to disaster also reflects entrenched social inequalities.
Warnings are being issued to stay clear of an Indonesian volcano following a series of earthquakes.
The bills now pending in Congress won't do what it will take.
For the first time in years, Americans are acutely aware of the perils of extreme weather, but don't expect views on climate risks to shift overnight.
The Tehuantepec gap in southeastern Mexico, where this month's massive earthquake originated, was long thought to be 'aseismic.' On September 7, scientists learned otherwise.
As Texas and Florida rebuild after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, they should plan for future climate change and design infrastructure that can respond to and recover from extreme events.
Data reveal how hurricanes affect migration, and what it means for US immigration policy.
The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Irma is admirable. Doing some homework might make your contributions go farther.
Four ways coverage of disasters can improve.
After the storm is over, it's time to rebuild – and natural disasters can affect survivors' health for years to come.
Warmer oceans, higher sea levels and heavier rainfall are making the effects of hurricanes worse.
The aid and assistance Britain's Caribbean territories will need to rebuild will make highlight the fault lines in the relationship between Westminster and its former colonies.
The scale from one to five that is used to measure the destructive power of a hurricane may no longer be enough.
As hurricanes terrorise large parts of the world, many are trying to make mileage out of their destruction.
Social media apps are becoming as important as water, food and batteries when communities face natural disasters. One key function is helping people connect with neighbors and support each other.
Saturated media coverage of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma can make it seem like disasters happen all the time. Is the frequency of billion-dollar disasters really rising?
During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, some people died rather than evacuating without their pets. Now emergency managers are required to include animals in their response plans.
If you want to do the greatest good, send money.
Researchers examined credit data on the victims of Hurricane Katrina to understand how the disaster affected their personal finances, revealing important lessons for those hurt by Harvey.