We know the zones where the Earth's crust is thin and allows for devastating volcanic eruptions. But there seems to be no solution to the peril affecting many millions of people who live in the shadow of active volcanoes.
Superstorm Sandy, which covered the East Coast with floodwaters from Florida to Maine in 2012, is still a household name. But memories of Sandy were overshadowed by the torrential rains that hit Baltimore, Long Island and Connecticut on Aug. 12.
There's a killer that probably takes more lives than warfare. In 2003, an estimated 50,000 people died during a devastating heat wave that affected most of Europe. Even in the U.S., where air conditioning is available on a much larger scale, the hot summer of 1980 resulted in 1,250 casualties, according to the National Weather Service (nws.noaa.gov).