Types of Disasters

How many of these disasters, both natural and man-made, can you identify?
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Last updated: December 12, 2019
First submittedNovember 17, 2012
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Hint
Disaster
What destroyed Pompeii in 79AD
Volcano
One of these took Dorothy to Oz
Tornado
It's not love, but you'll be all shook up
Earthquake
Really big wave, often caused
by the above
Tsunami
Time-bomb lurking under Yellowstone
Supervolcano
Katrina, Camille, Andrew, e.g.
Hurricane
Like the above,
but in the northwest Pacific
Typhoon
Australia's "Black Saturday" in 2009
was a deadly example of this
Wildfire
Canadian geese were to blame for
at least one of these incidents
Plane Crash
Water, water everywhere
Flood
Prolonged period of little rain
Drought
Exxon Valdez, e.g.
Oil Spill
Hint
Disaster
One of these probably killed
the dinosaurs
Asteroid
Chernobyl or Fukushima, e.g.
Nuclear Accident
The ultimate failure of diplomacy
War
Ireland suffered one in 1845-1849
Famine /
Crop Failure
Biblical crop-eaters
Locusts
A disaster of Titanic proportions
Shipwreck
Uncontrollable spread of disease
Epidemic/Pandemic
Loose or wet soil can cause this
Mudslide/Landslide
Like the above, but with snow
Avalanche
If you don't have AC, this
may be unpleasant
Heat Wave
The eventual result
of greenhouse gas buildup
Global Warming
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Level 16
Jan 19, 2013
A volcano is not a disaster... the eruption is a disaster.
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Level 71
Oct 16, 2015
Without a volcano you would not have an eruption.
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Level 47
Nov 18, 2015
and without trees you wouldn't have a forest fire...
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Level 84
Oct 1, 2017
if you want to play that game then you could say the eruption isn't a disaster... it's the collision of the lava or pyroclastic flow with populated areas that's a disaster.
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Level 65
Dec 20, 2018
Only populated areas?
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Level 84
Dec 20, 2018
I suppose if it did significant damage to wildlife or some ecosystem it could be called an ecological disaster, but, generally, things are considered to be disasters when they impact living things.
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Level 74
Sep 7, 2020
My university professor used to say, there are no natural - or ecological - disasters. They are only disasters for us humans, but for nature, it is just an occasional - and not unusual - event. Think about how many asteroid impacts Jupiter gets in a year. But nobody would call them disasters because nobody lives there to be affected by them.
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Level 73
Sep 7, 2020
@Yanni47

I mean, the asteroid impact that caused a mass extinction could definitely be considered an ecological/natural disaster. It definitely didn't affect humans but could have wiped out life in the universe

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Level 58
May 5, 2021
I feel like this is exactly what the quizmaster would say to this haha.
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Level 63
Jun 10, 2018
Touche
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Level 87
Jun 26, 2019
I thought it was spelled with a D, not a T?
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Level 72
May 5, 2021
Douché
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Level 40
Jan 19, 2013
Half the planet doesn't get hurricanes or tornados they get cyclones. Bit of a shame to see the poor cyclone getting left out like this. ;)
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Level 77
Dec 20, 2018
They are all tropical cyclones, they just call them different things in the Atlantic and Pacific regions. But I see your point, that one would also work on a "groups of three" quiz.
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Level 72
May 5, 2021
Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones are all the same thing. If I remember correctly:

Hurricane = Atlantic Ocean

Typhoon = Pacific Ocean

Cyclone = Indian Ocean

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Level 76
Jul 5, 2021
Kind of! in the South Pacific we call them cyclones too.
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Level 57
Jan 19, 2013
for oil spill, you should really include gas spill like the bp spill in the gulf of mexico
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Level 63
Jan 19, 2013
No, that was oil too. You can't really drill for gasoline.
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Level 32
Jan 21, 2013
seeing as gasoline is refined oil....
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Level 81
Dec 22, 2018
That was an oil leak, not a spill. And definitely not gasoline.
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Level 58
Jan 19, 2013
Got really caught out on the AC one as I was thinking electric shock as in AC/DC not air conditioning!
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Level 34
Oct 28, 2013
I knew the AC one, but all I could think about was Back in Black....
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Level 61
May 23, 2021
Me too 😊, kept thinking the answer was power cut...
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Level 60
Oct 20, 2021
So did I. I went for electric shock and then electrocution. AC is pretty universal for alternating current. Air Con would have been a better choice in the question.
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Level 40
Jan 19, 2013
said megavolcano for the yellowstone one, is that ok?
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Level 67
Apr 4, 2019
same, i think it should be accepted
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Level 20
Jan 19, 2013
The reason shipwreck is so low is because you should accept iceberg.
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Level 65
Dec 20, 2018
TIL an iceberg is a disaster.
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Level 81
Dec 22, 2018
Only when you hit it...
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Level 84
Jan 20, 2013
I got it after I saw how the other answers were going... but still think Vesuvius should count for #1
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Level 76
Aug 8, 2013
Agreed
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Level 69
Jun 5, 2014
+1. And also volcanic eruption because that's what I tried first.
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Level ∞
Oct 11, 2015
Okay, Vesuvius and eruption will work now.
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Level 50
Jan 20, 2013
yeah, i agree with every single person, we all went for the more intelligent answer being mount vesuvius, however all we really needed to type was volcano
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Level 60
Jan 21, 2013
Supervolcano is a Caldera!
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Level 84
Jan 22, 2013
no it's not. I would explain, but you know how to use google.
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Level 65
Jan 28, 2013
dg48 is correct. You can argue that a caldera is a type of super-volcano. Oh yeah, and I DID get that from Google.
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Level 90
Apr 5, 2013
[citation needed] In my oh-so-exhaustive search of the interwebz, I can't find a source that justifies the interchanging of a caldera and volcano/supervolcano. A caldera is a feature of many volcanoes (super or not).
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Level 84
May 19, 2013
platitude is exactly right. dg48 and ctleng are wrong. A caldera is a geographic feature left over (sometimes) after a volcanic eruption. It is not the volcano itself, nor does the presence of a caldera have any bearing on the size of the volcano that created it.
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Level 76
Aug 8, 2013
It's ok you guys. kalbahamut is the smartest person on Jetpunk and is happy to show you that on every single quiz. Despite the fact that Wikipedia's page says that the Yellowstone Caldera is also known as the Yellowstone Supervolcano, I'm sure he's right.
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Level 81
Jul 4, 2014
Oh and because it says so on Wikipedia it must be right, right? And even if it says what you say it says, it's wrong to infer from that that caldera = supervolcano in general.
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Level 84
Nov 11, 2014
buck, why don't you try looking up the wikipedia page on calderas in general. I'm also sure that I'm right, but thanks for the vote of confidence.
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Level ∞
Oct 11, 2015
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caldera

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supervolcano

Looks like a caldera is just a crater. Supervolcanos don't have to form in calderas.

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Level 76
Oct 15, 2015
The question asks about the time bomb under Yellowstone. The Yellowstone supervolcano is also known as the Yellowstone caldera. Maybe not in other locations, but certainly at Yellowstone, supervolcano and caldera are interchangeable.
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Level 90
May 19, 2016
Again, I don't think that's tenable. The Yellowstone Caldera is the crater/valley left behind, not something that can be a ticking time bomb, and it would be hard to argue that the valley is 'under' itself.
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Level 67
Sep 20, 2016
Who says kalbahamut is a he, not a she?
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Level 90
Jan 11, 2017
@kal has.
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Level 63
Apr 3, 2017
kalbahamut is right. Using caldera and volcano/supervolcano interchangeably is reckless and irresponsible.
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Level 84
Apr 19, 2018
It's not irresponsible it's just wrong. Either at Yellowstone or anywhere else.
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Level 72
Dec 20, 2018
It's like how Mount Vesuvius is a mountain, but that's not the "disaster" part of it.
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Level 84
Dec 20, 2018
Marlowe: yes! A caldera is just a geographic feature. A shape of the terrain. You wouldn't call an impact crater a disaster. The meteor strike is.
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Level 87
Jun 26, 2019
Anyone can write anything they want on Wikipedia. It's terrible.
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Level 84
Sep 24, 2019
but it's also usually right.
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Level 58
Jan 22, 2013
Had no idea what the first one meant, I gather that is a slogan in the US? Too bad for the rest of the world I guess......
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Level 90
Apr 5, 2013
Perhaps the ordering of the quiz has changed... but the first one now is talking about Mt. Vesuvius, a volcano on the Gulf of Naples, Italy, that buried the Italian city of Pompeii. Surely not American-centric.
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Level 84
Jan 22, 2013
Would you accept Lindsay Lohan for "disaster of titanic proportions?"
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Level 34
Oct 28, 2013
BAHAHAHAHA
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Level 18
Jun 2, 2013
Even though I got it, you should really accept cyclone for typhoon
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Level 44
Jul 29, 2014
cyclone is used in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean only
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Level 76
Dec 20, 2018
Yes, and should have been a question in the quiz. If you're going to have hurricane and typhoon, why stop there?
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Level 27
Jun 3, 2013
OH! I thought you mean Alternating Current for the AC question so I was thinking electric shock/electrocution dammit! The only one I got wrong.
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Level 67
Sep 20, 2016
Same here!
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Level 68
Oct 11, 2017
Same here. Should say "air conditioning" or "cooling". Kept trying electrocution and other variations.
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Level 32
Nov 9, 2017
oath
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Level 63
Jun 11, 2013
What's a supervolcano? And do you mean old faithful or something else?
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Level 84
Nov 18, 2015
A supervolcano is a really big volcano. Not to be confused with a caldera.
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Level 77
Dec 20, 2018
Yes, and when they erupt it is catastrophic. There are about 20 of them on the planet, and let's hope none of them erupt in our lifetimes. The Old Faithful geyser is a reminder of the action going on beneath the surface in Yellowstone National Park.
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Level 26
Apr 28, 2014
How about 'plague' for uncontrollable spread of disease?
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Level 81
Jul 4, 2014
Wave! I tried all kinds of starts to answer that, but it didn't occur to me to add "wave" to it.
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Level 50
Sep 8, 2014
I know it's not really common, but I want a black hole. Or an SMBH, like the one in the middle of the Milky Way, just waiting for us to come too close in our rockets and suck us all in and spaghettify us. (I know spaghettify isn't a word but it sounds fun.)
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Level 75
Oct 7, 2014
Also allow "landslip"?
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Level 67
Jun 20, 2019
And landknickers?
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Level 55
Jul 5, 2021
Also "Landsocks", they are even worse since the tend to smell...
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Level 65
Oct 10, 2014
For "ultimate failure of diplomacy," I kept trying things like World War III, apocalypse, nuclear winter before finally realizing it was just war. I took "ultimate" too literally.
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Level 56
Feb 10, 2021
Me too! I tried nuclear strike, nuclear war, and nuclear attack, before thinking less ultimate and trying beheading, execution, and violent revolutionaries, then finally thought of plain old war.
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Level 34
Oct 23, 2014
Could you accept twister for volcano.
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Level 71
Nov 7, 2014
Or eruption for hurricane!
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Level 76
Sep 5, 2019
Or cyclone for tornado!
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Level 55
May 31, 2021
But that one works. Many people refer to tornadoes as cyclones, or at least used to.
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Level 64
Nov 2, 2014
With only 4% knowing there was a train derailment in China, looks like they covered it up pretty well...
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Level 51
Dec 19, 2014
I tried like 15 different wars, yet I couldn't get "war."
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Level 21
Jan 19, 2015
I like how you included Train Derailment, it tripped a lot of people up. I like the Earthquake quote. And I thought fire would be one, but after the quiz I only noticed that there was Forest Fire.
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Level 75
Oct 27, 2015
For Katrina, Camille, Andrew... my first thought was to try to think of a disastrous family on a reality TV show. Yes, really.
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Level 77
Nov 18, 2015
As in more Kardashians? That really would be a disaster. But the middle one would have to be Kamille.
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Level 60
Nov 18, 2015
It hasn't been proven that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid; it's only a theory of many.
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Level 68
Dec 23, 2019
it may have been changed since you wrote this, but it now says "probably"
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Level 68
Nov 18, 2015
I kept thinking of "Prolonged period of little rain" as a long time with a nonstop drizzle or something
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Level 74
Jul 30, 2017
Same here. The clue should really read "prolonged period of NO rain", otherwise it's confusing.
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Level 67
Dec 21, 2018
here aswell. A long period of non stop rain. Just not extremely heaving rainfaill. Even after getting the asnwer right, I kept reading the question to let it sink in. But I could just not unsee it.But stop pondering about it and moved on, cause time was still ticking..
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Level 67
Jun 20, 2019
Had the same thing again..
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Level 65
Nov 21, 2015
Hmm...how did more people get avalanche than mudslide?
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Level 58
Nov 22, 2015
Well, I tried quicksand first. Then when that did not work I tried mudslide.
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Level 45
Feb 23, 2016
Global Warming should not be on here because it is false
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Level 71
Jun 13, 2016
Sorry, but this site uses facts and science. I think you are looking for the Flights of Fancy fantasy quiz site, where you can answer questions about man and dinosaurs living at the same time, and the age of the universe being 6000 years. You have fun with that!!
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Level 72
Nov 6, 2016
If using only facts and science then Nero18 is correct. Look at the loudest people pushing the global warming theory and they have their entire wealth built on the hoax. Al Gore has made tens of millions of dollars pushing the nonsense but if you want to know what a person truly believes don't listen to them, look at their actions. Gore drives gas guzzlers, flies around in private jets, has huge mansions for just a couple of people. He is either a liar or a hypocrite. The science itself changes to reflect the narrative and the people claiming scientists have proven it is fact ignore the scientists who have debunked it. Global warming is politically and financially driven.
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Level 80
Oct 22, 2018
How about looking at the smartest people "pushing" it? The loudest are never a good measure.
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Level 68
Dec 23, 2019
kapulani3 name one reputable study that has "debunked" global warming. I am certain that you can't.
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Level 56
Dec 20, 2018
Glaciers and polar ice are melting. That is very strong evidence that the earth is warming. Whether humans are adding to the warming is the question. I think it would be better to cut back on fossil fuels even if they are not the cause of the earth warming.
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Level 58
Jun 22, 2019
If Trump said it is a hoax, that convinces me even more the Global Warming is a reality :D
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Level 54
Jun 12, 2022
And true things include Nessie, Sasquatch, the alien in Area 51, chupacabra, that bulls get angry when they see red, astrology, and, of course, that all the coronavirus vaccines have microchips.
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Level 43
Aug 14, 2016
tried ''rockslide'' for the landslide one :/
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Level 44
Sep 20, 2016
Doesn't accept fire or bush fire for forest fire? Seriously?
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Level 87
Sep 20, 2016
Sinkhole should be an acceptable answer for "Loose or wet soil can cause this". Quicksand would also work but I don't really associate it with a disaster.
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Level 54
Nov 2, 2017
This comment contains a correction or suggestion for the Quizmaster
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Level 60
Dec 20, 2016
where is dust storm?
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Level 67
Apr 26, 2017
I kept writing grasshoppers!
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Level 14
May 29, 2017
Balikati, grasshoppers are locusts. They're just way more aggressive.
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Level 61
Aug 5, 2017
How did you teach them to write?

I'd like to keep singing walruses.

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Level 67
Jun 20, 2019
He wrote to them, but they never wrote back, it is a sad story...
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Level 14
May 28, 2017
Can you change this quiz to fit specific disasters? Example: This volcano destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79
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Level 68
Dec 23, 2019
why not make your own?
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Level 14
May 28, 2017
I mean volcanic eruption
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Level 75
Jun 27, 2017
I'm surprised that only 35% of people know about the Yellowstone supervolcano :/
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Level 70
Apr 19, 2018
I wonder how many people put Caldera, the proper name for a "supervolcano"
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Level 68
Dec 23, 2019
as has been discussed extensively above, that is incorrect
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Level 69
Jul 30, 2017
I didn't see Trump's presidency, think my browser is lagging
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Level 72
Aug 5, 2017
I don't find much funny these days, but genuinely laughed out loud at this. Thanks Neptune777!
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Level 67
Dec 20, 2018
Suggested hint for this: "Destruction of democracy, morality, intelligence, and couth".
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Level 79
Dec 20, 2018
Aww...someone has TDS.
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Level 87
Jun 27, 2020
Lol that’s not a real thing.
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Level 14
Aug 2, 2017
*CHOKES ON DRINK*
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Level 61
Aug 5, 2017
My sister-in-law having children would be devastating.
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Level 67
Jun 20, 2019
Dont want to be an uncle?
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Level 70
Aug 5, 2017
Thumbs up, Neptune. Nicely played...

100% with 3:04 left. Watched a show about the Yellowstone supervolcano in the last year or so. That will be an epic event when it goes.

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Level 19
Nov 23, 2017
industrial accident should be accepted for chernobyl
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Level 68
Dec 23, 2019
just no
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Level 35
Jan 13, 2018
Meteorite should be accepted as well as asteroid
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Level ∞
Jun 30, 2018
It is
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Level 60
Mar 13, 2018
I thought Iceberg for Titanic & everyone doesn't watches "lost" .Where's Lightning though ?
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Level 61
Apr 19, 2018
A disaster is something that you would fear to happen to you in the present or future - i.e. it is something that would have an actual impact on our lives.

Hence SHIPWRECK should not be on this list. Change the answer to iceberg instead, and it would be consistent with the rest of this quiz.

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Level 72
Dec 20, 2018
Are you saying that being involved in a shipwreck would not have an impact on your life?
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Level 73
Nov 4, 2018
How about "air pollution" or "smog" instead of "heat wave"?
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Level 67
Dec 20, 2018
The correct plural is Canada geese.
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Level 59
Dec 20, 2018
Canada geese, not "Canadian"
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Level 56
Dec 20, 2018
Didn't get the "It's not love" clue, still got it right thanks to the next question.
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Level 77
Dec 20, 2018
It's from "All Shook Up," an Elvis song - "My friends say I'm actin' wild as a bug. I'm in love, I'm all shook up."
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Level 62
Dec 20, 2018
Air crash not allowable for plane crash aparently.
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Level 43
Dec 20, 2018
Maybe spell out AC as air conditioning.

I was looking for something related to Alternate Current :D

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Level 75
Dec 20, 2018
Agree - tried electric shock, electrocution, direct current shock, etc
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Level 57
Dec 20, 2018
in number 1, I tried The Doctor.
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Level 53
Dec 20, 2018
Maybe accept "bird strike" for the Canadian geese one?
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Level 69
Dec 20, 2018
One more vote for "megavolcano"
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Level 58
Dec 20, 2018
AC question is too vague; I tried humidity and heat, no credit?
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Level 58
Jun 22, 2019
Am I blind or does this quizz forget "British food" as an answer ?
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Level 48
Sep 5, 2019
funny but unfair
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Level 48
Sep 5, 2019
I should really learn ton read the question properly, for the rain one I was really stumped, I tried flood and deluge to no avail, only when the answer was revealed did I read the question properly.
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Level 72
Dec 23, 2019
Bird Strike? Please?
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Level 65
Dec 23, 2019
In Australia we call them bushfires. Sadly, if you want to update this quiz you can refer to the bushfire epidemic -- I can't think of any other word for it -- that has ravaged large parts of New South Wales, and smaller regions of Queensland and Western Australia since late November; that's nearly a month. When the media or whoever eventually names these things, comes up with a name tag, Black Sunday will pale in comparison. That's not belittling in any way what happened then, but this is a whole new level of disaster.
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Level 84
Dec 23, 2019
Bird strike for plane crash?
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Level 43
Jun 7, 2020
Quiz of the Year 2020
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Level 48
Jul 16, 2020
I also came from 2020 to warn about the pandemic! Avoid bats, I repeat, avoid ba....
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Level 55
May 31, 2021
Better yet, avoid virology labs.
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Level 63
Sep 7, 2020
Can you put Air Conditioning instead of AC? Putting AC seems like it's referring to alternating current.
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Level 65
Sep 7, 2020
what about blizzards?
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Level 61
Feb 10, 2021
Where's my huboob at?
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Level 52
Mar 21, 2021
Could you except birdstrike for plane crash?
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Level 44
Apr 26, 2021
No way. Why would they do that?
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Level 48
May 5, 2021
I think you should accept 'Pollution' for 'Global Warming'.
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Level 61
May 23, 2021
Please could you allow landslip for landslide? It's a really common synonym in the UK (we get a lot of rain 🌧️🌈🌞)
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Level 55
May 31, 2021
I was always under the impression that a cyclone is another word for a tornado, not a hurricane. In The Wizard of Oz, both the book and the movie, the thing that took Dorothy over the rainbow was never referred to as a tornado, only a twister. My great-grandmother who grew up in rural Kansas around that time says that everyone she knew always called them cyclones or twisters, and in the stage directions for Wizard there are references to a "cyclone" but never a "tornado." Currently, neither alternative is accepted. Please either change the clue or start accepting cyclone and twister for tornado.
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Level 47
May 31, 2021
Pls accept pyroclastic flow for Pompeji
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Level 56
Jul 5, 2021
Typed COVID 19 for Pandemic
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Level 79
Sep 12, 2021
Birdstrike should be accepted if the example involves geese.
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Level 74
Oct 20, 2021
can you accept "twister" for tornado? It's the word they use in the Wizard of Oz movie the clue comes from
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Level 56
Nov 8, 2021
Apparently 'Airplane crash' doesn't count
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Level ∞
Nov 8, 2021
Yes it does.
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Level 68
Dec 20, 2021
I thought sinkhole would be in there.
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Level 53
Feb 24, 2022
Feels weird that one answer in volcano and another is supervolcano.