Disasters – natural

Image: Flood road closed by Ian Britton on Flickr

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, landslides and tsunamis. SCIS 1702158

See also Earth science - Volcanoes; Earth science - Tsunami; Disasters – New Zealand; Disasters – Preparedness; Earth Science - Earthquake; Extreme weather

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Information about New Zealand’s recent volcanic geological history is presented here. 

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Fact Monster Natural Disasters

Information about specific natural disasters, as well as background about the causes of natural disasters.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search terms natural disasters and disasters in the search box.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

NASA Earth Observatory

Satellite images showing natural hazards occurring worldwide. Browse by date or topic, or search by key word.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

National Geographic

Presents factual information about natural disasters including safety tips and video clips explaining what they are and how they happen.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Natural Disasters

Natural History Museum has information on different types of natural disasters and their causes.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Te Ara

Te Ara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, lists natural disasters and hazards and includes information earthquakes, floods, landslides, tsunamis and seismic activity in New Zealand.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


EPIC databases provide a wealth of information about natural disasters. Search for the specific disasters on databases such as Discovering Collection, Masterfile complete, World History in Context. A school log-on and password is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Flood, by Jackie French, 2011 (picture book)
The Japanese tsunami 2011, by Lauren Tarshis, 2013 (fiction)
Running wild, by Michael Morpurgo, 2009 (fiction)

Birth of a tsunami, NOVA. Pbslearingmedia 2.48   (Japanese Tsunami)

CNN Breaking News: Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. CNN. Youtube 3.59

Top 10 Deadliest Natural Disasters of the world. Casual10s. Youtube 5.19