The beauty and mystery of nature and outer space are awe-inspiring - until one considers that these forces, like plastered hooligans at a soccer match, could quickly and without warning hit us over the head with a break and make humanity a thing of the past. Earthquakes, super storms, exploding stars, and rocketing space debris have all had our name on them from the beginning! From deep freezes that created ice deserts to comets that almost ended the world, here are some of the worst natural disasters we narrowly avoided.
The 2012 Solar Storm Missed Humanity by a Week
The Toba Supervolcano Pushed Humans to Near-Extinction
The Laki Volcano Erupted and Nearly Wiped Out Agriculture
The Jose Barilla Comet of 1883 Just Missed Earth
An Ice Age Cornered Humans in South Africa on the Brink of Extinction
A Stone Age Supernova Star Exploded and Singed the Planet