Inside Natural Disasters

September 28, 2012 – May 5, 2013

About the exhibition: From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature's forces have shaped our dynamic planet. Get an understanding of how they work and a real sense of their power. Find out how people cope and adapt in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Plan your visit: Hours, directions, parking, what's on, and more.

Note: No photography in this exhibition at the request of the lending institution, The Field Museum.

Pu'u 'O'o against a twilight sky.

Pu'u 'O'o is a classic cinder-and-spatter volcanic cone on Kilauea, Hawaii, U.S.A. Expanding gases in the lava fountain tear the liquid rock into irregular globs that fall back to earth, forming a heap around the vent.

A motorboat near the eaves of a house, with three people in the boat and two people on the roof.

Bryan Vernon and Dorothy Bell are rescued from their rooftop after Hurricane Katrina hit, causing flooding in their New Orleans, U.S.A., neighbourhood on August 29, 2005.

A car and people stopped on a road, watching a tornado in the background.

An F-4 category tornado bears down on storm chaser Tim Samaras, New Manchester, South Dakota, U.S.A.

Low-angle view along a crack in the road that has partially swallowed a wagon.

A fissure in one of San Francisco's streets caused by the earthquake of April 18, 1906.

The Last Day of Pompeii, by Karl Bryullov.

Karl Pavlovich Bryullov (1799–1852), The Last Day of Pompeii, 1833, oil on canvas, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

A swirl of white cloud over several southern U.S. states.

Satellite image of the eye of Hurricane Katrina at 10:15 am, August 30, 2005.


A tornado on the horizon.

The first tornado captured by the National Severe Storms Laboratory Doppler radar and NSSL chase personnel. This tornado was located outside of Union City, Oklahoma, U.S.A., May 24, 1973.

Two men stand looking at a building and car.

October 18, 1989: A collapsed house crushed a car in the Marina District of San Francisco. This was one of the areas worst hit by an earthquake estimated at 6.9 on the Richter scale that rocked California, U.S.A., on October 17, 1989.