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At the time of Christ’s death, the Book of Mormon describes darkness and destruction among the Nephites and Lamanites. Due to the accounts of a darkness that could be felt and which lasted three days, LDS scholars and geologists have suggested that the event requires both an earthquake and volcanic eruption.

Bayou Frack-Out: The Massive Oil and Gas Disaster You've Never Heard Of: For residents in Assumption Parish, the boiling, gas-belching bayou, with its expanding toxic sinkhole and quaking earth is no longer a mystery; but there is little comfort in knowing the source of the little-known event that has forced them out of their homes.


Pictures of the year 2010: earthquakes, volcanoes and environmental disasters

A cavernous and almost perfectly round sinkhole swallowed an entire intersection in Guatemala City during a tropical storm. The hole is 66 feet across and plunges nearly 100 feet down. Geologists said that the circular shape suggested a cave formation underneath, but what exactly caused the sinkhole was still a mystery

Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Aegean Sea. It lies 200 km southeast from Greece's mainland. It is also known as Thera or Thira, forming the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera.

FREE FORCES OF NATURE ACTIVITY~ Students guess what force of nature-- water, wind, earthquake, etc.-- causes the change in the earth's surface. Then they select the time-- 100 years, 10,000 years, etc. The program shows the changes when the student correctly guesses. Cool!

Jan 1994: Home to millions of people, the LA, CA, region is underlain by numerous active faults, many of which cannot be seen at the surface. One of these hidden faults produced the Northridge earthquake, which caused 57 deaths/ wide-spread damage—photo shows vehicles stranded by the collapse of sections of I-5. Photo: Brant Ward; copyright SF Chronicle