Nature can be described in a number of different ways – awesome, breath-taking, spectacular and incredible, among them. Sometimes, though, simple adjectives don’t quite do they trick. We’ve all seen footage of natural disasters that go well beyond those descriptors and seem better suited to bold, superlative exclamations like “HOLY CRAP!” and “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT??”. That’s because few sights can carry the scope, presence and pure aura of nature’s wrath in action. No wonder, then, that the internet has become a hotbed for disaster porn – terrifying videos of storms as they happen and the damage that they cause. For all of the death and ruin that they are capable of leaving in their wake, natural disasters possess a strange beauty about them. Beyond being dangerous and damaging towards humans, these events shape our planet and affect where and how we live. Volcanoes are thought to have once played a key role in the emergence of life on Earth. They enrich soils and help develop fertile land for growing crops. Meanwhile, earthquakes signal the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates, which contribute to the building of mountains. All told, these events showcase the impressive, extensive powers of Mother Nature and the planet Earth.