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20 Horrifying Examples of Natural Disaster Photography!
Over the recent years, I have posted various types of photography on my blog from high-speed photography to the fabulous technique of wave photography. But none of those techniques are as challenging as what I am about to share today. Since the past decade, we have seen a massive increase in natural disasters including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and storms. However, capturing the distressing moments and terrified emotions associated with natural calamities is known as “Natural Disaster Photography”.

Natural disasters occur all over the place and demonstrate nature’s fury and rage on mankind. Many people attribute this changing environmental trend to global warming. To capture the terrifying and heartbreaking scenes of natural disasters is a challenging and courageous job for photographers as they put their lives in jeopardy.

The following 20 thrilling shots of natural disasters are taken from recent natural calamities including the Earthquakes in New Zealand, Chile and Haiti and the floods in Australia, Pakistan and India:


1. Enigmatic Earthquakes

New Zealand Earthquake:

Workers try to put out a fire at the collapsed building of King’s Education School.

Chile Earthquake:

An 8.8-magnitude struck Chile while residents gaze at a collapsed building in Concepcion.

Yushu, China Earthquake:

Tibetans search for possessions in the middle of collapsed houses after earthquake hit the town of Gyegu, China on April 16, 2010.

Haiti Earthquake:

People look for survivors under the debris of a fallen building after an earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 13, 2010.

2. Volcanic Eruptions

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Iceland

Lightning strikes on the sky as lava flow from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul, April 17, 2010.

Undersea Volcano, Tonga:

An undersea volcano erupts off the coast of Tonga on March 18, 2009

Mount Merapi Volcano:

Mount Merapi discharges lava and smoke as it erupted again in Klaten on November 3, 2010.

Kawah Ijen volcano, Indonesia

Fumes and bubbles of gas burst from Kawah Ijen volcano in East Java, Indonesia.

3. Ferocious Floods

Bihar Floods:

A herd of cattle trapped on small islands encircled by flood waters in the Indian state of Bihar.

Australia Floods:

Increasing floodwaters swell through Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland on January 2, 2011.

Pakistan Floods:

Residents stand besides flowing flood water in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab, Pakistan on August 9, 2010.

Tennessee Floods:

Floodwater from the Cumberland River goes down town Nashville, Tennessee on 3rd May 2010.

4. Staggering Storms:

Dakota Tornado:

A giant storm-cell hovers over the towns of Ross and Stanley, North Dakota on Monday July 12, 2010.

Montana Supercell Thunderstorm:

The Super cell Thunderstorm wrecks havoc in Montana, 2010

Australia Storm:

Rubble flies through the air as tornado rips through the town of Lennox Head, Australia on June 3, 2010.

New Mexico Storm

Lightning strikes in Roswell, New Mexico as a thunderstorm tears through town on July 14, 2010.

5. Uncontrollable Wildfires:

California Fire:

A vehicle goes by flames in California area north of Los Angeles, August 30, 2009.

Russia Fire:

A man sits helplessly on the ground while his house burns behind him in Vyksa, Russia on July 29, 2010.

Australia Fire:

A fire truck moves away from uncontrollable bushfire in the Bunyip Sate Forest west of Melbourne, Australia.

Israel Fire:

Fire fumes wild in the Carmel Forest near Haifa, Israel on December 02, 2010.
Which of these photos do you think was the most horrifying?

Tags: earthquake, floods, horrifying photos, natural disaster photography, natural disaster photos, photography tecnique, storm, volcano eruption
  1. Kuldeep Daftary On March 8th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Horrifying !

  1. Clay On March 9th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    looking at those photos makes me realize more on the power of nature. I was once try to capture lightning but I failed. Is somebody here have some tips for me?

  1. Ben Major On March 9th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Wow. Very hard to choose. So far, I am down to two most horrifying:

    1. The village in China devastated by earthquake, because so many people could be under the fallen houses, but there is no equipment or help anywhere in the picture. The two women look like they are amongst the dead and buried but don’t know what to do about it.

    2. The man in Russia who sits devastated with his back to the fire behind him. The fire seems so close and could come to him very quickly, but he looks like he doesn’t care.

    I also think the Montana Super-Cell Thunderstorm looks like something horrible from another planet. If I saw it there and it was moving in my direction, I would run away from it faster than anyone in the olympics. I can only imagine what the Native Americans there several hundred years ago might have thought if they saw that coming towards them.

  1. Jack Schold On March 10th, 2011 at 5:47 am

    nice post it is really helpful for disaster management

  1. pschase On March 12th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    wow…the super cell just makes you think “game over”. what are you gonna do, put up an umbrella?

  1. Matin On March 12th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    while we human think we are the owners of the earth and we can do whatever damage we want to it, these pictures really show who’s the Boss….

  1. Kendra On March 12th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Well, they are all great photos, but are all fairly horrifying, My heart goes out too the goats stranded on 2 dirt mounds in Bihar Floods. Also, on a side note, I’m sure many images from the Japan earthquake/tsunami/floods… my heart goes out to them right now.

  1. Harry V. On March 14th, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Terrifying pictures, but an incredible talented photographers.
    Many of them were risking their lives to make such great photos.

  1. Lifestyle Shopping On March 15th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Great collection… but I hope to see less of sure images…

  1. Brittany Rubinstein On March 19th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Incredible photos, but absolutely devastating. :(

  1. Dennis On March 21st, 2011 at 2:10 am


    Awesome snaps!

    Are these photos original or Photo prints online?

    These pics can be used in an awareness program of the disasters.

    Thanks for posting

  1. Alex Wilde - El Experimento On March 21st, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Such a great photographer and very brave! I salute you! I think the most horrifying part is the Supercell. It’s like a vacuum ready to pull me into another timezone..scary!

  1. Ted Thompson On March 22nd, 2011 at 6:57 am

    The expression on the face of the fella in the Russia Fire says it all.

  1. prince On March 29th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    very good picture

  1. Jing Seow On April 10th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Well, horrifying? I’m not so sure, it’s mother nature.

    But great photos, that’s for sure.

  1. Michelle On April 28th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Personally, the one I find the most horrifying is the first one.

    I live in Christchurch, New Zealand and am currently living in a natural disaster zone. We are still getting aftershocks, in multiples daily. On 22/02/2011 I was in my school’s building in Worcester St, and had just arrived to my classroom at 12:45pm - 7 minutes before the 6.3M earthquake hit. I escaped with no injuries, and was evacuated to the nearest park - Latimer Square.

    At Latimer Square, I was shaken to see the remnants of the CTV Building (incorrectly stated above) nearby, knowing that that building at any given time during the average workday is full of people. A large amount of our 163 fatalities were from that one building alone.

    I was fortunate to not have lost anyone on that date, but know quite a few people that did. The youngest fatality was only 6 weeks old.

    Rest in Peace.

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