Why do some people want to experience dangerous situations.
There are many factors behind the particular human behavior. Perhaps as many as the people who want to experience them. However, there are a few reasons which I will propose:
Very young people do not yet realize the ramifications of natural disasters. They are less inclined to think of their own mortality. It is akin to when we are teaching our children to ride a bicycle without the training wheels. We know they will fall, but we let them try. They have read books, seen movies, and heard stories. They want to experience what others have felt. It is a natural growing process in the human psyche. In this case, a perfectly normal response.
In the case of adults, it may be part of the same thinking process. Adults have had more so-called adreno-rushes. It is a subconscious response which gives a feeling of euphoria. If this were not a family blog, I believe most adults fully understand the implications of that statement.
It is the same response in some individuals which make them become fighter pilots, dare-devils, soldiers, and yes, even athletes. Scientists, as well as the psychiatric and psychology fields have studied this phenomenon for years. Since many more men are prone to this condition, it has been assumed to be connected with the hormonal difference between men and women.
However, women are not in least exempt from this conditions as would be presumed. The feelings of exhilaration are perhaps equal in both.
On another level, people may subconsciously want to test their own abilities against the forces of nature and danger. Each of us, in our own way test ourselves daily. It is what makes the human being constantly try new adventures and experimentation. It is an integral part of our very nature.
On the other hand, individuals who have experience such natural disasters are sometimes appalled at the thought that someone would actually want to experience what they look upon as a terrible nightmare. The difference is, those who have experienced it, already have subconsciously adjusted their own response instincts. They subsequently view this behavior as abhorent.
What they do not understand, is that particular neurotransmitter which is now in over-time in their brain, is not yet connected to someone without the same experience.
It is all perfectly normal.