Are natural disasters punishment from God?
No. Interesting I was reading this yesterday which actually speaks to that question quite a bit... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/teo-bishop/isaac-is-a-hurricane-not-manifest-judgement-of-angry-deity_b_1840903.html
God only allows bad things to happen, so aperently yes.
No, they are just random events that have occurred over the last 4 billion years and will continue long after we ae gone.
No. Thats nature.
i guess so.....
No. It would happen regardless of whether a city was there or not and whether you are there or not. It's very self centered to think god will destroy a city to scare you into shaping up.
Only when it hits an area that could be manipulated to an individual's political or financial advantage.
Its the last days and God is allowing things to happen so people will turn to him its not a punishment its more of a sign that if people don't turn away from sin they will be in everlasting pain. (in hell)