Earth Beat, 9 March 2012. We brave tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, avalanches, cyclones, floods, fires, blizzards, just to get stories for you. Fire, brimstone, catastrophe! Natural disasters... and us.
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Stefan and Erika Svanström love travelling. So when the Swedish couple set about planning their honeymoon, they pulled out all the stops. They had four blissful months to explore Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China with their baby daughter Elinor in tow. However, it soon became clear they were on a whistle-stop tour of natural disasters. View photos.
Luckily, they survived their calamitous trip and relive the whole experience with host Marnie Chesterton.
Video: Stefan and Erika react as the earthquake shakes Asakusa, Tokyo, 11 March, 2011.
But as the survivors were still reeling from enormity of the disaster, cherry blossoms began to bloom.
Already a strong symbol in Japanese culture, they became even more important as people saw nature recovering after the sea-water invasion.
It became a beacon of hope for those trying to cope after the trauma and is reflected in the documentary The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.
The film's editor Aki Mizutani talks about why the flower has such a positive effect.
His job is to convince people of the potential catastrophic consequences of living in the region.
An earthquake happens there, on average, every 250 years.
Which means one is long overdue, together with an accompanying tsunami.
But do people take him seriously? According to Patrick, it’s a matter of life and death. Visit Oregon Sea Grant's blog - Breaking Waves.
So what’s it like to live somewhere that's under the constant threat of destruction?
Journalist Hermione Gee should know.
She’s lived in both and has speaks about her anxieties, or lack of them.
Why Ugandan landslide survivors went home - listen in new player
Seven hours of solid rain turned the ground into waves of mud and rocks, which swept down the steep mountainside. View photos.
Two years on, Earth Beat contacted a survivor, Francis Mulahama, to find out how he is rebuilding his life.
Rebuilding Port-au-Prince - listen in new player
The 2010 Haiti earthquake is known to have killed at least 300,000 people.
One of the main reasons for the difference in the impact of the two events was the way in which buildings are built. Both countries are in seismically-active areas, but while the Chilean government has always invested heavily in good infrastructure, Haiti’s appalling planning system meant buildings toppled over like dominoes.
Natural disasters kill people and destroy the very infrastructure we humans have been working hard to develop over the past few thousand years.
But some scientists say they can also have a positive effect on the planet, keeping eco-systems in equilibrium and making way for new species to develop.
Professor Tim Benton is an ecologist at the University of Leeds in the UK and tells Marnie it’s all about winners and losers in the great game of survival.
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