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Friendly Reminder That Earth Is Scary AF

Nature is, and always will be, stronger than you are.

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1. Gravity is always making shit fall.

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Rock slides like this one in Switzerland are rarely witnessed, but they happen all the time. This specific fall is estimated to be about 2200 cubic meters of stone (aka 12 million pounds!)


5. Earth's volcanoes also shoot toxic, lightning-fueling ash into the sky.

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Scientists aren't 100% sure how volcanic lighting happens, but they generally agree that it occurs because the particles ejected from the volcano gain a strong charge.

8. Speaking of space... Look at this picture of a GARGANTUAN hurricane astronaut Scott Kelly snapped from space:

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This storm is not only visible from the International Space Station, but it's damn near impossible to miss. This Hurricane, named Patricia, holds the record for most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the Pacific. At one point it had sustained winds of 185 miles per hour.


9. Earth's ground isn't even that solid. It can shake so hard that it makes skyscrapers sway.

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These Japanese buildings are shaking because of the devastating 9.0 earthquake of 2011. The shaking is actually intentional. The ability for skyscrapers to sway (and not crumble apart) is an engineering marvel that can save lives in the event of major quakes.

10. That shaking ground can also create one of the most terrifying natural phenomena of all — tsunamis.

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Large tsunamis like this one following the 2011 Japan earthquake are caused when ocean floor is suddenly moved, displacing a nearly unthinkable amount of ocean water that propagates around the world.

12. It's not just water that can flow with great power. Check out this forest-destroying mudslide:

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Mudflows like this one are often caused by a combination of when brush (and their stabilizing roots) are lost and heavy rains loosen the ground.


15. Also, sometimes asteroids just fall out of the sky.

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This is a dashcam view of an asteroid entering the atmosphere above Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013. This one, described as "tiny" by NASA, released the equivalent amount of energy of 440 kilotons of TNT exploding all at once.

But hey. Earth also supports all of us in a way that no other known planet could!

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