Mega Disasters

Mega Disasters

2006 - 2008, History, Other, Science
How cities would be affected by various natural disasters.

Episode Guide

  • Mega Disasters - Toxic Cloud (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Toxic Cloud

    A toxic chemical cloud from an industrial accident could jeopardize an entire community within minutes, putting the lives of thousands of people at risk; a cargo ship carrying ammonia nitrate explodes, killing 500 people in Texas in 1947.

  • Mega Disasters - Deadly Jet Collision (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Deadly Jet Collision

    A scenario demonstrates the potential for disaster from a "runway incursion" at a busy airport; 583 people are killed when two airliners collide in the Canary Islands in 1977; 34 people die when two planes collide in Los Angeles in 1991.

  • Mega Disasters - Airborne Attack (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Airborne Attack

    Analysis considers the deadly implications if airborne anthrax were unleashed over the U.S. in a biological attack.

  • Mega Disasters - Prehistoric English Superflood (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Prehistoric English Superflood

    A new theory suggests that a megastorm caused one of the largest floods in the history of the planet, creating the English Channel and turning Britain into an island separated from the continent of Europe.

  • Mega Disasters - Comet Storm (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Comet Storm

    Researchers study a comet explosion 13,000 years ago that ignited a firestorm across much of North America and killed nearly every living thing, including the Clovis human culture.

  • Mega Disasters - Atlantis Apocalypse (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Atlantis Apocalypse

    Scientists speculate about a repeat of an Aegean Sea incident, as when a huge volcanic eruption on Santorini 3,500 years ago caused a tsunami that wiped out Minoan civilization on Crete and prompted the Atlantis myth.

  • Mega Disasters - Glow Train Catastrophe (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Glow Train Catastrophe

    Examining the potential for disaster in Las Vegas, if a railway accident befell nuclear waste being transported for permanent storage below Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

  • Mega Disasters - Dam Break (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Dam Break

    Scientists and engineers sound an alarm that a catastrophic dam failure might be the next mega-disaster facing America; a dam gives way near Johnstown, Pa., killing 2,200 people in 1889.

  • Mega Disasters - Volcanic Winter (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Volcanic Winter

    The supervolcano Toba erupts on Sumatra 75,000 years ago, causing a sudden volcanic winter that shocks the climatic balance around the world.

  • Mega Disasters - Mega Tsunami (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Mega Tsunami

    Scientists piece together evidence of a tsunami that may have ravaged the Mediterranean world around 6,000 B.C., sweeping away villages and killing an untold number of people.

  • Mega Disasters - Noah's Great Flood (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Noah's Great Flood

    The Mediterranean Sea bursts through the Bosporus Strait 8,000 years ago, inundating a valley twice the size of Ireland in a flood of biblical proportions.

  • Mega Disasters - Hypercane (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:


    Some scientists theorize that mass extinctions happened on Earth 65 million years ago due to powerful megastorms known as hypercanes, reaching 20 miles into the stratosphere.

  • Mega Disasters - The Next Pompeii? (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    The Next Pompeii?

    Today more than 3 million people live in the danger zone surrounding Italy's Mount Vesuvius volcano, which erupted in 79 A.D., buried the Roman town of Pompeii and killed about 5,000 people.

  • Mega Disasters - L.A.'s Killer Quake (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    L.A.'s Killer Quake

    Researchers speculate about what might happen if Los Angeles sustained a 7.5-magnitude earthquake attributable to the Puente Hills thrust fault.

  • Mega Disasters - Oil Apocalypse (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Oil Apocalypse

    Experts predict what might happen when the world's oil supply runs out, ranging from warfare over necessities to the development of new technology.

  • Mega Disasters - Super Swarms (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Super Swarms

    Entomologists try to comprehend and control destructive swarms of locusts that have been plaguing mankind throughout history; American pioneers endure a swarm estimated as being 1,800 miles long and 110 miles wide.

  • Mega Disasters - Mega Drought (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Mega Drought

    Historians imagine what might happen to the U.S. if an extended drought were to leave the country unstable and economically depressed.

  • Mega Disasters - New York Earthquake (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    New York Earthquake

    Historians imagine how modern New York City might fare if struck by earthquakes of the magnitude recorded in 1737 and 1884.

  • Mega Disasters - Alien Infection (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Alien Infection

    In a hypothetical, future disaster scenario, comet dust seeds Earth with a virulent virus that quickly spreads across the planet and claims millions of lives.

  • Mega Disasters - Glacier Meltdown (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Glacier Meltdown

    A warmer climate may cause oceans to rise and may eventually lead to an increase in hurricanes.

  • Mega Disasters - Methane Explosion (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Methane Explosion

    Historians imagine what might happen in a city like San Diego if a gigantic methane-gas explosion occurred in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii.

  • Mega Disasters - Hawaii Apocalypse (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Hawaii Apocalypse

    Historians imagine how an event similar to the 1868 eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano, which triggered two major earthquakes, would impact Hawaii today.

  • Mega Disasters - Krakatoa's Revenge (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Krakatoa's Revenge

    The eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in 1883 was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.

  • Mega Disasters - Gamma Ray Burst (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Gamma Ray Burst

    Scientists believe gamma ray bursts were responsible for the mass extinction on Earth 450 million years ago; examining how cities would fare in the face of a global catastrophe.

  • Mega Disasters - Comet Catastrophe (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Comet Catastrophe

    The effects of a lethal comet-strike near the coast of San Francisco.

  • Mega Disasters - San Francisco Earthquake (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    San Francisco Earthquake

    How a repeat of the 1906 quake might affect San Francisco.

  • Mega Disasters - California's Katrina (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    California's Katrina

    The disaster in New Orleans showed how fragile a levee system can be. Experts investigate the terrifying results a similar hurricane could cause in California.

  • Mega Disasters - Mega Freeze (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Mega Freeze

    Experts fear that an abrupt climate change could cause devastating winters in northern regions.

  • Mega Disasters - Firestorm (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:


    The 1917 explosion that killed 2,000 people in Halifax, Nova Scotia, could happen again in Boston in a worse-case scenario.

  • Mega Disasters - East Coast Tsunami (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    East Coast Tsunami

    Using CGI and re-enactments, an 1888 tsunami sparked by an earthquake is studied to gauge the effect a similar catastrophe would have on America's East Coast.

  • Mega Disasters - Windy City Tornado (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Windy City Tornado

    A scenario in which Chicago is hit by three fictional tornadoes.

  • Mega Disasters - Zona de Tornados (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Zona de Tornados

  • Mega Disasters - Yellowstone Eruption (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Yellowstone Eruption

    A possible eruption of the Yellowstone "Mega-Volcano" may create a global cataclysm beyond human comprehension.

  • Mega Disasters - Earthquake in The Heartland (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Earthquake in The Heartland

    The possibility of a killer earthquake striking America's heartland.

  • Mega Disasters - Asteroid Apocalypse (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Asteroid Apocalypse

    Tsunamis, firestorms and dust clouds following an asteroid impact on Earth.

  • Mega Disasters - American Volcano (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    American Volcano

    Volcano experts map out a hazard zone and engineer a sophisticated warning system in anticipation of a possible eruption of Mount Rainier.

  • Mega Disasters - Asteroid Apocalypse (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Asteroid Apocalypse

  • Mega Disasters - New York City Hurricane (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    New York City Hurricane

    Explore the extensive history of northeast hurricanes; what would happen if a Category 3 Hurricane were to hit New York City.

  • Mega Disasters - Tornado Alley Twister (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Tornado Alley Twister

    In May 1999, a major tornado carved a path of destruction through Oklahoma City. What would happen if the same deadly winds struck densely populated Dallas?

  • Mega Disasters - West Coast Tsunami (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    West Coast Tsunami

    The impact of a major earthquake/tsunami would have on the West Coast of the United States.

  • Mega Disasters - Mega Tsunami (Episode 54)
    Episode 54:

    Mega Tsunami

    Científicos arman juntos evidencias de un tsunami que puede haber devastado el mundo mediterráneo en el año 6000 AC, arrasando aldeas y matando a un número incalculable de personas.

  • Mega Disasters - La Catástrofe del Cometa (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    La Catástrofe del Cometa

    Expertos usan lo más reciente en computación para examinar el posible impacto de un cometa de tres millas de diámetro que caiga en la Tierra. Terremotos, tsunamis y radiación provocarían millones de muertes.