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Using archive footage, computer animation and expert interviews, the characteristics of natural disasters are analysed.

Tornadoes are spectacular to watch, but their destructive power is immense. Visit laboratories at the cutting edge of tornado science to see what is behind them.

Volcanic eruptions are dramatic reminders that our world is a living planet. Can a mega-eruption change the world as we know it?

One of the most unpredictable and destructive forces in nature, an earthquake can transform a busy city into a scene of devastation and chaos in a few earth-shattering seconds.

Combining huge mass and terrifying velocity, Tsunamis are giant waves that can cross entire oceans, unleashing their destructive energy on coasts thousands of kilometres from their source.

Some of the world’s leading experts on each natural phenomenon provide analysis and insight into how planet Earth’s titanic upheavals can result in death and destruction. See people who have stared these ultimate disasters in the eye and live to tell the tale. Using archive footage, computer animation, and expert interviews, the killer characteristics of natural disasters are exposed.


  • Ultimate Disaster: Earthquake
    One of the most unpredictable and destructive forces in nature; Ultimate Disaster examines the seismic activity of the world's deadliest earthquakes.
  • Ultimate Disaster: Tornado
    In 1997, the residents of Jarrell, Texas,discovered just what tornadoes are capable.NGC looks deep inside to see what makes a tornado so destructive.
  • Ultimate Disaster: Tsunami
    Expose the science behind Tsunamis, ramping up to an ultimate disaster - a scenario that scientists say could happen sometime in our future.
  • Ultimate Disaster: Volcano
    Profile some of the most significant,devastating eruptions of our time and the mega-eruption that will changed the world as we know it.


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    Half the world's population lives in striking distance of a major fault line. Ultimate Disaster...

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