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A peek inside natural disasters


Natalie Thomas, reporter

October 15, 2012 — The Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa has a new must-see exhibit for all weather enthusiasts. It's called "Nature Unleashed," and it covers earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes.

The eruption of Mount St. Helens on July 22, 1980 © USGS; Photo by Jim Vallance
The eruption of Mount St. Helens on July 22, 1980 © USGS; Photo by Jim Vallance

Natural disasters can be scary, but they're also a sign of a healthy planet.

If you've ever wanted to know more about the storms, floods and eruptions that have helped shaped our world, you won't want to miss Nature Unleashed at Ottawa's Museum of Nature.

Created by The Field Museum in Chicago, the travelling exhibit will educate visitors through high-tech animations and demonstrations.

There's also an opportunity for some hands-on learning: Guests are invited to create their own volcano and experience 125 kilometre per hour winds in a hurricane simulator.

For the Canadian leg of the tour, organizers have created a timeline of famous Canadian disasters, like the Regina tornado of 1912, the Newfoundland tsunami of 1929, and the 1998 ice storms that paralyzed sections of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.

You'll also be able to see relics from storm's gone by, like a tree trunk that was bent in half by Hurricane Hugo's 220 kilometre per hour winds in September, 1989.

Nature Unleashed continues in Ottawa until May, 2013.


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