Humans can do a righteous job of messing up the planet in the long term. We're also more than capable of wreaking short-term havoc with these man-made natural disasters, reports the New Scientist:
- Mud volcanoes: While we can't create the real thing, shoddy mining practices in East Java have made the ground hemorrhage mud since 2006.
- Earthquakes: In 1967, a quake hit Koyna, India, after a dam was built in what was thought to be a seismically safe region.
- Vanishing water: Drill underwater, and you might empty the tub. It happened at Louisiana's Lake Peigneur.
- Floods: Cloud-seeding during a storm can trigger quite the flood, much like a 1972 event in South Dakota that dumped a year's worth of rain in 6 hours.
- Hurricanes: A trail of black carbon can divert one, but to where?