• A major earthquake hitting an area over which a large tropical cyclone is passing by (Haiti, Mexico (either coast), Taiwan/Japan/Philippines)
  • Major tornado outbreak hitting an area inundated by wildfires (southeastern U.S. in November-December)

The text in brackets represents areas where I think such scenarios could happen.

  • $\begingroup$ Well, your two examples just answered your own question... so... $\endgroup$ – Eevee Feb 23 '18 at 0:38
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    $\begingroup$ I'm only guessing. I am not aware of actual occurrences. $\endgroup$ – spillthrill Feb 23 '18 at 0:48
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    $\begingroup$ Is a wildfire really a geological event? If so flooding would be a geological event which would be very easy to pair with a meteorological event. $\endgroup$ – farrenthorpe Feb 23 '18 at 2:55
  • $\begingroup$ @spillthrill maybe you should add that to your post :) $\endgroup$ – Eevee Feb 23 '18 at 13:18
  • $\begingroup$ Best I can muster up immediately is the Mexican earthquake this past year happening the same day as Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. But we're still talking ~2000 miles apart. The thing is true "disasters" are quite rare occurrences... so to see two different unrelated kinds overlap is a big numerical challenge. $\endgroup$ – JeopardyTempest Feb 23 '18 at 14:51

Here's an amazing one:

In June 1991 category 3 Typhoon Yunya made landfall in central Luzon in the Philippines and gradually weakened as it moved across the island... however as it was near exiting the island... Mount Pinatubo sustained the largest volcanic eruption in our lifetimes -- almost directly in the center of the storm!

Here is a remarkable satellite loop showing the event unfold.

enter image description here Screen cap shortly before the event unfolder showing the locations, from UW CIMSS

The CIMSS Satellite Blog has a nice post writing up the event, along with a collection of additional satellite data.

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    $\begingroup$ Wow! Amazing image loop indeed! $\endgroup$ – Camilo Rada Sep 10 '18 at 18:31


Here's a list of common disasters that associate with each other:

  • A twister (tornado) that fused with a wildfire (aka: a firenado)

  • A cyclone (Hurricane) that caused a tsunami (common)

  • An earthquake in the ocean that caused a tsunami (common)

...and probably several more. But many times such an occurrence is typical, and often happen; such as oceanic earthquakes and hurricanes causing tsunamis; However, some of them are less likely to happen; such as the 'firenado'.

A great example of a scenario you're asking to see is Hurricane Sandy's effects on North America.

Sandy was known to be one of the worst hurricanes ever recorded; damagewise, costwise, and wave height (what you wanted to hear :D). It has been recorded on CNN (the link added goes to the CNN article on Sandy) that its wave heights reached 32.5 feet (roughly 9.9 meters) in height.

So in conclusion; occurrences like this happen, and some of them are typically known to occur in some the circumstances listed above.

(Information on Hurricane Sandy was grabbed from CNN)

(Information on the scenarios listed above were grabbed from google)

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    $\begingroup$ That's a pretty loose definition of geological disaster. $\endgroup$ – farrenthorpe Feb 24 '18 at 1:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Imtherealsanic you're doing ok - you will get there in time and your answers will become better! Keep up the good work! $\endgroup$ – Gimelist Feb 24 '18 at 1:22
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    $\begingroup$ This a science site so your Q&A need to be science-focused and adhere to true definitions, not word play. $\endgroup$ – farrenthorpe Feb 24 '18 at 1:47
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    $\begingroup$ I apologize... I thought you were the person who asked the question and then answered your own question. In general I think it's a poorly constructed question. I think it's great you are keeping active. +1 for that. $\endgroup$ – farrenthorpe Feb 24 '18 at 3:25
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    $\begingroup$ If you are looking to score points on this site, you might try constructing some interesting questions about phenomena or events that happened. Try to keep it succinct and show some effort on starting to answer your own question. For instance, I've asked questions about including the solar eclipse in weather models, quantifying the flooding in California, international transport of air pollutants, etc. If it's interesting, people will upvote! $\endgroup$ – farrenthorpe Feb 24 '18 at 3:33

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