Black Sunday is widely considered to be one of the worst sandstorms in history. It occurred on April 14th, 1935 during the American Dust Bowl and displaced more than 300,000 tons of soil from the prairies of the plains s... More » Science

Some of the worst earthquakes in history happened in Chile in 1960; off the coast of Honshu in Japan in 2011; off the coast of northern Sumatra in 2004; and in Prince William Sound, Alaska, in 1964. These quakes were mag... More » Science Earth Science Earthquakes

Strong winds blowing over loose soil or sand causes sandstorms. During a sandstorm, so much material is picked up by the winds that visibility is greatly reduced. Heating of the air over the desert causes instability in ... More » Science Weather & Tides Storms
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