When I was a small child, as we drove on holiday to what was back then Rhodesia, we went through a town that had been hit by a tornado the previous day. I remember power or telephone lined dangling loose, tin roofing in places you didn’t expect.
I don’t think I understood the fear involved in having the wind come along in a fierce looking tunnel and break your house apart.
In the last few years we have watched so many weather and other Earth-happenings affect people so badly. The numbers of people who now can video these events makes it more possible for people to have some idea of how it appears at a distance.
I suspect being there and feeling the full might of air, water or earthquake is quite a different experience from the voyeur’s role we can play afterwards.