In 2009 the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) was officially launched, with the broad goal to conduct fundamental research on geo-hazards in and around Southeast Asia, toward safer and more sustainable societies. EOS has two purposes: acquiring scientific knowledge on some of the most complex natural phenomena, and passing this knowledge on to policy makers and affected populations so they can use it effectively and save lives and livelihoods. A deepening comprehension of our planet processes, resources and history is needed to cope with the major challenges of a restless Earth. As long as we do not fully understand how our dynamic planet works, we are susceptible to disasters. Joanne Petrina joined the Earth Observatory in 2012 to create photographic narratives that illustrate the scientific processes in the field and also to document the social and cultural landscape in which natural hazards research takes place.