A small quiet city, a nice village with no worries, always enjoying the shadow of that mountain that tower towards them. Then one day, the mountain basically explodes! And it's just fire, fire and more fire! A lot of lava comes out from the now awaken volcano, and it destroys everything on its slow path! Everything burn, while the mouth of the volcano keep smoking. There is nothing that can stop its rage. Volcanoes are extremely powerful and complexes beasts of nature: the mountain that we see is just a small part of it, and under the ground there is much more going on. Seeing a volcano exploding can be actually pretty amazing: sure, it's dangerous, sure it will destroy a lot of stuff nearby, but is so massive, big and unstoppable! There are many famous volcanoes, two of them being in Italy: the Vesuvius and the Etna, one of them responsible for destroying the famous ancient city of Pompeii. Maybe Krakatoa is not that famous, but it's a good example of how powerful can volcanoes be: the noise that it make when it exploded is the loudest noise ever recorded by man. It was heard from chilometres away. But there are so many other volcanoes around the world, over 500, and they are often used also in fiction. In fantasy worlds lava is a common threat, for example videogames - expecialyl platformers - almost always have a level set in a volcano, or at least in lava place. And of course there are movies based around volcanoes: you know that the disaster movie is a common blockbuster trope that is easy to watch because it doesn't have much plot of characters, just descruction, and volcanoes are incredible powerful on that side. And of course there is the recent Pixar short LAVA, with two talking volcanoes as protagonists. Volcanoes are powerful, popular and really a wonder of nature.

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  • They can create new land
  • Extremely awesome to look at
  • With the gas they emit, there is more water in the atmosphere
  • You can build a lot (and Roman used to) of stuff with volcanic ash
  • Can create hot springs

  • Some of their gases are poisonous
  • The lava destroy a lot and kills a lot
  • Underwater ones can produce earthquakes
  • Devastating
  • You can't easily predict when a active volcan will explode



Volcanoes are the nostrils of God

From a most awesome to behold perspective, I would say that Volcanoes would be much more impressive to look at and see. Both are pretty much as equally as destructive. But Tornadoes can and do cover a wider area in destruction. Volcanoes are usually localized to the general area. Although the effects, such as the smoke and ash they put out, can go on to affect larger areas when the ash gets rained down on cities that aren't even close to it! But tornadoes can cover hundreds of miles across and go on to cause masses of destruction. They also make it hard to escape from them as well. Usually there is some warning to let you know about them but it's a lot harder with volcanoes as they are usually rumbling all the time but when they go, they go and they go quick! But definitely a volcano is much nicer to behold, as long as it's from a very distant far, far away. :D
Posted by idealmikey on 11-01-2017
Never heard it called that but that's a good description. Volcanoes terrify me!! I can't compare them to any other act of God!


Neither is great and in a perfect world neither would exist. But if I had to choose then it would be much better to be near a volcano explosion than a tornado. With a volcano, the lava and other stuff that pours out is not extremely quick which gives people some time to escape. But with a tornado, unless you have a lot of time to prepare for it, it can be extremely devasting.
Posted by kingcool52 on 10-29-2017
I also have the same opinion as you. Really the ideal would be not to have these natural disasters. But surely a volcano would be easier to survive, since it is slower than a tornado.


I honestly do not prefer any of the options. But in the matter of survival, I think a volcano is easier to protect and move to a safe place. On the other hand, a tornado is more difficult because you run risks than any home, car or building. And if you try to run down the street, it could be even worse.

Both options are bad for the world population, but in the matter of survival, I think a volcano would be less worse.

Posted by hermessantos on 10-29-2017

Volcano Melts whole life

I have never seen volcanoes nor tornadoes in my whole life but had watched them on tv. It seems that volcano larva burns everything and melts everything quickly that you don't the chance to run for your life. This is very scary than fire or tornadoes.

I rather not live anywhere near those live mountains. Better live in safer countries.

Posted by peachpurple on 10-29-2017


Nothing beats the power of the fire in my opinion. The devastation that the fire can create is unmatched. It can literally shape the landscape and transform it into something entirely different
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-29-2017


In a matter of survival (because I wouldn't like any of them), I prefer the volcano because the chances of escaping with life are relatively greater than having to face a volcano (which is stronger and reaches many locations at the same time).
Posted by wiseagent on 10-29-2017

Volcano is more dangerous

Both of these are very dangerous and they shouldn't exist, but that's the way it is in this world. Here in south Italy we have a volcano right next to us, the famous Vesuvio and we always fear it. If one day it would activate, we would all die and disappear in a matter of seconds. That's why I'm voting for this one. A tornado has never happened here in Italy so we don't fear it in the slightest.
Posted by Tania997 on 10-29-2017


I'm sure nobody wants to end up having to deal with neither natural occurrences but if ever, I'd rather deal with a volcanic eruption. Volcanic eruptions are more common natural disaster in my country than tornadoes thus a lot of people like me know how to deal with such disaster.
Posted by johnrajiv123 on 10-29-2017

Volcano is more powerful.

A volcano is definitely more powerful than a tornado for many reasons. It can create a massive earthquake, it can destroy an entire village/town/city, it produces a harmful chemical gas, it can kill people, it can cause a wildfire and more.

Tornado, on the other hand, can only destroy structures or can also kill people that's in its path but nothing else. There's a chance that you might survive a tornado once you're underground which you couldn't do in a volcano eruption.

Posted by ColdFlameChris on 10-29-2017

Volcano's can literally END an environment!

Tornadoes albeit dangerous, usually conclude after the storm is ready to move on or it weakens. Volcanoes on the other hand sometimes can keep erupting for days or weeks on end! They also make the environment highly toxic and dangerous with plumes of ash, and smoke being spat into the atmosphere.

While lava creates fires both big and small on the surface. If the environment in question is quite small, it can literally destroy everything in its path and make the place unlivable ever again.

Posted by NickJ on 10-29-2017



There is a very popular piece of classic music, called "The Tempest" by Tchaikovsky. Maybe you don't immediately know it reading about it, but if you try to heard you there will be just one thing that you'll think about (even without knowing the title): tornadoes! In classic 30's cartoons tornadoes were common, used in funny and comedic ways of course, and the music to accompany them was always, always, this one. And it fits, indeed. It's fast, powerful and with a lot of energy into it, exactly like tornadoes. Tornadoes form from a specific type of cloud, and go round and around until it touches the terrain, in a vortex. There is no escape from a tornado: maybe you can run, but you cannot hide. It will suck everything on his path: cars, fragile buildings, animals and people.... The fury of the nature find in tornadoes one of its most powerful expression. As volcanoes, tornadoes are often used in movies. In the 90s came out one of the most popoular disaster movie ever, Twister, that featured indeed tornado hunters and it's a good example of their power (there a famous scene where you even see a cow flying). More recently you might know a popular series that is less serious and is about tornadoes... with sharks. Yes it's silly ,but there are so many sequels (the title is Sharknado, of course). In any case, as I said tornadoes are powerful and while you might try to run from them it might be not that easy since they blows even at 500 kilometres per hours! It's crazy, and they can pull out a lot, including even some trees. Remember the three little pigs fairy tales, and how the wolf easily blew two of their house but not the third? With tornadoes it would be a completely different story: wolf, pigs and all houses would be blown away. Nothing can stop them.

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  • They look cool
  • It can destroy dead trees, allowing for new ones to grow
  • Can clear barren lands
  • It will bring a lot of stuff for very long distances, and this can be beneficial for some forms of life

  • It can kill a lot of people
  • Houses, cars and buildings will be destroyed
  • Crops - fully grown or not - are gone
  • Chaotic and devastating



Tornadoes are Worse!

I do not like either of these natural occurrences, but it seems to me that a tornado is harder to avoid than a volcano. In general, you "choose" to live by a volcano, whether it is active or not, or you find yourself living there because you have no choice. However, tornadoes are totally unpredictable, and they "choose" to strike when and where they please, and they can surprise us out of nowhere with their power and destruction. A volcano is inert; however, tornadoes can cover vast expanses of land and can be hard to track or predict. Therefore, their element of wild surprise makes them way more scary to me.
Posted by JoeMilford on 10-29-2017

Spinning and spinning.

All natural phenomenon occurs in our world are dangerous. So we must always be prepared. Between volcano and tornado, I think tornado is more destructive. It's true that volcano is also destructive but tornado is worse. Because tornado can come anytime. In the case of volcano, it can be destructive once it becomes active. So tornado is more destructive than volcano.
Posted by blank629 on 11-05-2017


The real truth is that you are not going to know whether tornado is happening tomorrow or the next day. The unpredictable nature and how some people always try to live in fear is something that makes me claim this this is ruthless and can really kill a lot of people as well. Volcano is also bad, but there is no negotiations on this.
Posted by Barida on 11-02-2018


i think tornado is more avoidable and has higher percentage of survivors when it occurs.
Posted by allyn2017 on 11-02-2018


The volcano can be beneficial to us than the tornado because of the water vapour that is built up in the atmosphere than that of the tornado.
Posted by babyright on 10-28-2017
Maybe you can say that because you are not near an erupting volcano. But just recently when the most popular Mayon volcano here erupted, it was spewing lava and ashes that made the sky dark in the whole province. The communities were closed that inhabitants have to evacuate by force. It is a sad event for those residents who had to leave their belongings for 3 months before they were allowed to go back to their homes.
Posted by Corzhens on 06-06-2018
Well this can be a bit of a tricky question to answer given certain circumstances. In terms of destructive potential on a global scale, a super volcano definitely has the potential to bring the entire population to its knees. Between decimating the area within a certain radius as well as causing global cooling due to ash and soot in the air, a super volcano can absolutely cause a phenomenal amount of destruction. Tornados are more of threat to localized areas. Smaller volcanoes are also a threat to the areas around them but not nearly as significant.
Posted by Denis_P on 10-29-2017
I don't feel they are exactly comparable in a way. I mean if by stronger you mean causes more damage that depends on how much magma comes out and what category the tornado is as well as how far it travels. Since a tornado could theoretically do more damage than a volcano could since it could simply go on for longer in a wider area I would say the tornado has the possibility to be "stronger", but your average volcano to the average tornado I'd say a volcano.
Posted by AlexHarris on 10-29-2017
Tornados happen often and do a lot of damage to anything in its path but when a volcano erupts it is frar more devastating. I would never want to live around a volcano never knowing when it will become activated. It is just a matter of time before it does. You know well a head of I me to get out before it ever reaches you. Tornados can leave very little notice. Both are devastating and strong.
Posted by Sue on 10-29-2017
As long as you can get out of the way in time I would prefer a volcano. They can be very powerful though and cause a lot of destruction so that is the issue. Our area is prone to tornadoes and I have actually had one at my house. It does cause a lot of destruction and damage so it is not the best thing. They are very frightening as well. I can attest to that fact.
Posted by kgord on 10-29-2017
Both are powerful forces of nature and you can't really differentiate. Both can kill and cause destruction. Volcanoes are permanent but many do lie dormant therefore are an unknown quantity and can erupt at any given moment. Having stayed overnight on an active volcano I can tell you that you don't stand much chance if you on it when it erupts. Tornadoes can be predicted and you can shelter from them. The bottom line is nature is more powerful than we can ever truly understand and it needs to respected.
Posted by Alexa on 10-29-2017
Volcano and tornado, both are not common in my country. There has been no reporting of a volcano in my country in the 1500 years of written history. However, geologists say that there are many dormant volcanoes in the country. Tornado is rare, some people have reported about a tornado-like effect in the hinterland, however, the truth of this reporting has never been established. I think volcanos are more powerful than tornado.
Posted by vinaya on 10-29-2017
The two are dangerous to me and I wonder why the exist because there are natural disasters that cannot be control by man.But the worse hit of the two is volcanoes. it leaves devastating a place.The gas emitted is poisonous and it can bring down even the most magnificent of places.I don't see any good about it.God should just stop it from happening.
Posted by lovely on 10-29-2017
I agree that both volcano and tornado are really disasters, and both are very dangerous to all the living beings, but if I would have to choose, I think volcano is more powerful and harmful too as the lava seems to be able to destroy more. We do not have these two in our country and I have not study much about these two natural disasters. I do hope the people who stay nearby will be able to be told earlier so they will not be affected.
Posted by kaka135 on 10-29-2017
I would definitely choose volcano since statistically, it erupts rarely than tornados which occur frequently in the United States and some parts of Europe. In addition to that, volcanoes' soil is highly fertile. All plants and trees around it are healthy. We have the smallest freshwater fish in the world that can be found in Taal lake around the Taal volcano here in the Philippines.
Posted by tiffiecute on 10-30-2017
Considering that both the volcano and the tornado are both extremely deadly and disastrous I wouldn't prefer either one - they can both end lives and ruin everything that stands in their way. A tornado is quick and devastating, tearing everything apart. Then on the other hand lava is hot as hell itself and can just burn through things. I can't imagine trying to escape either one really. Luckily, I don't live near any volcanos and my country doesn't get tornadoes.
Posted by Mehano on 10-30-2017
Choosing between 2 evils, I guess I will settle for a volcano eruption that is predictable than a tornado that attacks without warning. I had seen news reports of houses hit by a tornado. I don't want to wake up and see the sky because our roof was blown away. At least the volcano gives an indication for residents to evacuate temporarily.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-01-2017
There's no thinking twice about this choice. A volcano is no where comparable to a tornado. We can only draw parralels here but no comparison.

As deadly as a tornado is, i think, in fact I know there's a 50/50 chance of surviving one when it hits a population. Lives can still be saved after it passes. I doubt I can say that about volcanos, especially super volcanos like that of yellow stone park in the US.

A volcanic erruption comes in different stages with one deadly attack after the other. The mere chemicals that comes first is enough to measure up with a tornado, then comes the flying rocks with fire. If you're good with history then you should know about the lost city of pompei in the 1st AD which was completely destroyed by a volcano wiping out the entire city. Now thats the power of a volcano.
Posted by Rumu on 01-07-2018
I don't want to experience them both but given a choice i would choose a volcanic eruption instead of a tornado. Mostly tornado's are very unpredictable and you have little time to prepare unlike volcanic eruptions where you can see the signs first giving you enough time to evacuate or prepare.
Posted by fishbate on 08-02-2018
These natural occurrence are really dangerous, it has taken a lot of lives and change the survivors life forever. However, I think tornado has more percentage of survival rate compare to volcano.
Posted by allyn2017 on 11-02-2018