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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
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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
102 Recent Comments
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Level 33
Oct 23, 2014
Could you accept twister for volcano.
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Level 70
Nov 7, 2014
Or eruption for hurricane!
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Level 79
Sep 5, 2019
Or cyclone for tornado!
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Level 61
May 31, 2021
But that one works. Many people refer to tornadoes as cyclones, or at least used to.
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Level 61
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 22
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 76
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 75
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 78
May 8, 2024
Kate, Camilla, Andrew - the British royal family?
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Level 63
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 73
Dec 23, 2019
it may have been changed since you wrote this, but it now says "probably"
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Level 70
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 77
Jul 30, 2017
Same here. The clue should really read "prolonged period of NO rain", otherwise it's confusing.
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Level 70
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 70
Jun 20, 2019
Had the same thing again..
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Level 60
Nov 29, 2023
That would be written as "Prolonged period of a little rain. No rain isn't necessarily correct. Perhaps "Prolonged period of limited rain would help.
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Level 66
Nov 21, 2015
Hmm...how did more people get avalanche than mudslide?
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Level 59
Nov 22, 2015
Well, I tried quicksand first. Then when that did not work I tried mudslide.
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Level 44
Feb 23, 2016
Global Warming should not be on here because it is false
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Level 69
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 74
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 83
Oct 22, 2018
How about looking at the smartest people "pushing" it? The loudest are never a good measure.
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Level 73
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 59
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 61
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 56
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 40
Aug 14, 2016
tried ''rockslide'' for the landslide one :/
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Level 42
Sep 20, 2016
Doesn't accept fire or bush fire for forest fire? Seriously?
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Level 91
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 51
Nov 2, 2017
This comment contains a correction or suggestion for the Quizmaster
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Level 58
Dec 20, 2016
where is dust storm?
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Level 69
Apr 26, 2017
I kept writing grasshoppers!
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Level 12
May 29, 2017
Balikati, grasshoppers are locusts. They're just way more aggressive.
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Level 64
Aug 5, 2017
How did you teach them to write?

I'd like to keep singing walruses.

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Level 70
Jun 20, 2019
He wrote to them, but they never wrote back, it is a sad story...
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Level 12
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 73
Dec 23, 2019
why not make your own?
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Level 12
May 28, 2017
I mean volcanic eruption
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Level 77
Jun 27, 2017
I'm surprised that only 35% of people know about the Yellowstone supervolcano :/
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Level 68
Apr 19, 2018
I wonder how many people put Caldera, the proper name for a "supervolcano"
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Level 73
Dec 23, 2019
as has been discussed extensively above, that is incorrect
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Level 70
Jul 30, 2017
I didn't see Trump's presidency, think my browser is lagging
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Level 70
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 66
Dec 20, 2018
Suggested hint for this: "Destruction of democracy, morality, intelligence, and couth".
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Level 82
Dec 20, 2018
Aww...someone has TDS.
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Level 90
Jun 27, 2020
Lol that’s not a real thing.
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Level 12
Aug 2, 2017
*CHOKES ON DRINK*
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Level 64
Aug 5, 2017
My sister-in-law having children would be devastating.
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Level 70
Jun 20, 2019
Dont want to be an uncle?
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Level 69
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 17
Nov 23, 2017
industrial accident should be accepted for chernobyl
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Level 73
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 59
Mar 13, 2018
I thought Iceberg for Titanic & everyone doesn't watches "lost" .Where's Lightning though ?
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Level 64
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 77
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 60
Nov 29, 2023
Huh? Your sentences have no connection. I don't fear icebergs will happen to me. Icebergs are like saying trees are a disaster.
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Level 71
Nov 4, 2018
How about "air pollution" or "smog" instead of "heat wave"?
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Level 70
Dec 20, 2018
The correct plural is Canada geese.
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Level 58
Dec 20, 2018
Canada geese, not "Canadian"
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Level 57
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 75
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 60
Dec 20, 2018
Air crash not allowable for plane crash aparently.
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Level 39
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 51
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 55
Dec 20, 2018
AC question is too vague; I tried humidity and heat, no credit?
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Level 61
Jun 22, 2019
Am I blind or does this quizz forget "British food" as an answer ?
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Level 47
Sep 5, 2019
funny but unfair
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Level 47
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 78
Dec 23, 2019
Bird Strike? Please?
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Level 67
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 82
Dec 23, 2019
Bird strike for plane crash?
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Level 82
Nov 4, 2022
and perhaps twister for tornado?
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Level 43
Jun 7, 2020
Quiz of the Year 2020
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Level 47
Jul 16, 2020
I also came from 2020 to warn about the pandemic! Avoid bats, I repeat, avoid ba....
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Level 61
May 31, 2021
Better yet, avoid virology labs.
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Level 65
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 67
Sep 7, 2020
what about blizzards?
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Level 72
Feb 10, 2021
Where's my huboob at?
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Level 57
Mar 21, 2021
Could you except birdstrike for plane crash?
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Level 45
Apr 26, 2021
No way. Why would they do that?
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Level 56
May 5, 2021
I think you should accept 'Pollution' for 'Global Warming'.
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Level 64
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 61
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 48
May 31, 2021
Pls accept pyroclastic flow for Pompeji
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Level 60
Jul 5, 2021
Typed COVID 19 for Pandemic
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Level 85
Sep 12, 2021
Birdstrike should be accepted if the example involves geese.
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Level 82
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 58
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 78
Dec 20, 2021
I thought sinkhole would be in there.
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Level 55
Feb 24, 2022
Feels weird that one answer in volcano and another is supervolcano.
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Level 58
Oct 27, 2022
Supervolcanos are just big volcanos. The term was invented so that countries with a big volcano get to feel special.
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Level 82
Nov 4, 2022
I'm pretty sure that is the primary motivation of geologists, yes. That rascal Edwin Hodge didn't consider the damage this would do to the pride of people living in less fortunate countries with less potentially catastrophic volcanic activity.
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Level 73
Mar 5, 2023
I feel like sinkhole should be accepted for loose/wet soil
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Level 73
Nov 24, 2023
Can you accept "all of the above" for the last question?
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Level 78
May 8, 2024
I don't think that global warming is the correct answer to "The eventual result of greenhouse gas buildup". Any accumulation of greenhouse gases will cause warming of the atmosphere; unrestricted, the 'eventual result' is climate collapse and mass extinctions.