Apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic and dystopian books are EVERYWHERE right now. It seems like almost every author has either toyed with the idea, or have written their own apocalyptic story - horror, young adult, contemporary fiction, historical fiction - whatever your preferred genre, the world is probably ending, rebuilding or being screwed up my a megalomaniac government.
But what about the authors who have made their whole writing career out of doomsday? My personal favourite when it comes to natural disasters is John Christopher -
The Death of Grass (a virus which wipes out grass), published 1956
A Wrinkle in the Skin (earthquake), published 1965
Empty World (virus), published 1977
The World in Winter (ice-age), published 1962
I wonder if he was a cheery person? ;-)