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Year 6 Disasters: Home

Natural disasters



Disaster (noun): a calamitous event, especially one occurring suddenly and causing great loss of life, damage, or hardship, as a flood, airplane crash, or business failure.

Natural disaster: any event or force of nature that has catastrophic consequences, such as avalanche, earthquake, flood, forest fire, hurricane, lightning, tornado, tsunami, and volcanic eruption


General Websites

Simply Geology 

United States Geological Survey

Hazards Australia

NASA Earth Obseratory

Em-Dat - the International Disaster Database

ReliefWeb - Use the Disasters tab to search for your topic. This site looks at humanitarian issues.

US Archives

CBS News Disasters Links - there are many, many links here!

National Geographic 

Channel One site - covers all types of disasters. You can make a virtaul volcano, take quizzes and view the earthquake simulator here!

Earth Times - page on Natural Disasters

NOVA - use the search function to find information

Databases to Use

Access our databases by clicking on the eResources tab at the top of this page.

Explora is a place to read news articles, book and much more on your topic.

Library Webs is a great starting place for websites related to disasters. Once you are in the database, do a search or choose a category.

Britannica School will give you authoritative information about disasters from many of its articles.



Structure of the Earth

Here are the videos from the Structure of the Earth PowerPoint used in class.


Watch this animation on how an earthquake occurs.

Quake Simulator

Make your own quake.

Stop Disasters Game

Stop Disasters Game