Tents and food parcels are one thing, ready-built accommodation is another.
A new study of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake shows boulders from rockfalls fell much further than in earlier quakes that happened before humans arrived and changed the landscape.
Large-scale natural experiments such as oil spills, tsunamis and climate change are things you wouldn't want to do on purpose. But that doesn't mean they're not scientifically useful experiments too.
There are already early warning systems for earthquakes, but advances in seismology provide hope that experts will be able to predict when new ones will occur.
Central Italy has been hit by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake, only seven years after a similar devastating quake in the region.
Australia is surrounded by ocean, so is not immune to the effects of tsunamis. But how significant is the risk?
Fifty years on from a groundbreaking paper, geophysicists have progressed from believing continents never moved to thinking that every movement may leave a lasting memory on our planet.
The earth around you might seem static but it's constantly in motion. We need to track this motion in fine detail if we're to keep our GPS networks up to date.
The nuclear operator was nowhere near adequately covered for the disaster. And it's not just a Japanese problem.
Scientists are setting Japan on the road to recovery, using data to protect against future disasters.
The 2011 Japan tsunami illustrates how more marine creatures are crossing the oceans than ever before - and not all of them are friendly travellers.
There was something unusual about the 2011 earthquake which caused so much damage in Japan. We should now look at other risk zones to see if something similar could happen there too.
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake has hit Afghanistan, with the effects felt as far away as India.
Ten years ago, a devastating earthquake killed tens of thousands of people in Pakistan. How has the devastated town of Balakot recovered?
Are you at risk from natural disasters? Research shows media reports could actually reduce people's perceptions of risk.
Earthquake monitoring can now detect a quake and warn people before it arrives.
Retrofitting old or cheap houses with earthquake protection is often expensive and laborious. What if we could save whole streets at a time?
The magnitude 7.3 earthquake that hit Nepal this week should be classed as an aftershock rather than a second earthquake.
What led to the second major earthquake to hit Nepal in less than a month?
Japan has the most powerful seismic network in the world. And this network is throwing out some warning signs.