22 Mind-Blowing Catastrophes That Are Just A Matter Of Time

It's easy to hand-wave big budget disaster movies as nothing more than as lazy attempts by Hollywood to make a quick buck. But what if we told you that there's actually more truth to these films than anything else Tinsel Town pumps out?

Because that's what we (and amazing plastician AuntieMeme) are going to do! It turns out plenty of places around the planet are due for destruction of the Roland Emmerich variety. In the comforting words of Popsicle Pete: "None of you are safe!"

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New York CIty seems safe Aside from the recent spankings by Irene and Sandy, it's been relatively free of natural disasters. It's actually due for a c

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How likely is an earthquake in San Francisco? Most residents know they live in earthquake country, and figure it's worth the risk. Try 99%. The United

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The Sierra Nevada is spectacular. Its snow-covered peaks in winter, waterfalls in spring, and colorful meadows and lakes in summer and fall make it a

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Venice is SO romantic. It's the Italian city where gondolas ferry people from one destination to another. It's actually sinking into the Mediterranean

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The Indian Ocean is home to a number of island getaways. The Seychelles and Maldives, for example. It's also home to a deadly brown cloud of pollution

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Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh It's the ninth largest city in the world, and the single most densely populated. The Earth is pretty much trying to

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Cherrapunjee is the wettest town on Earth. The Indian city holds the world record - -22,987 millimeters of rain (905 inches) in a single year. Yet its

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Yellowstone Is a beloved national park It's 3, ,500 acres of protected wilderness in Wyoming and parts of Montana and Idaho. It's sitting atop a volca

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Tuvalu is an island nation in the South Pacific. The 9-island chain is located about halfway between Hawaii and Australia. It's shrinking into the sea

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Peter Jackson loves Wellingtono The New Zealand capital served as his base in his mission to film all things Tolkien. It's more like Mordor, than The

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Many Californians re-settle in the Pacific Northwest. You can still enjoy West Coast culture, without all those pesky California faults. It's at risk

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Neft Dashlari Is a man-made island. It was built around an oil drilling platform in the Caspian Sea, and has power stations, a library, apartment buil

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The Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary Iis a conservation SUCCESS story. In spite of the fact that it's near an underwater chemical weapons dump. After WWi

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The Mosul Dam is the largest dam in Iraq. n It's also about to wash away, covering the town of Mosul in 65 feet of water. The dam is built on top of g

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Naples, Italy, is an ancient city. It's is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and has centuries of important art and archit

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The East Coast is known for its fall colors and white winters. Itmakes the West look like nonstop Summer, by comparison. It's going to be hit hard by

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Chernobyl might seem like old newso In 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine was the site of a catastrophic nuclear accident. The danger

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Seattle Is a IIttle muddy Despite a fairly moderate rainfall average of 38 inches a year, it's known as one of the wettest cities in the United States

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Dallol might be where human life began It's located in Ethiopia's Danakil Desert. It's a blistering hellscape of volcanoes and earthquakes. It's offic

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Goma is a city in the Congo It has 500, 000 residents, and is located on the northern shore of picturesque Lake Kivu. It's directly in the path of an

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Amsterdam is a beautiful city. It's got hundreds of years of history and wonderful art museums, and an abundance of hash bars. It's about to get eaten

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Bangkok is where exotic meets modern. Thailand's capital is a sprawling metropolis known for its ornate shrines and vibrant street life. molilih maamm

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