Nature is a force to be reckoned with, beautiful yet simultaneously deadly. The following photos are of natural disasters throughout the past century, spanning from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to the recent devastating tornadoes in Alabama. The photos of earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, mudslides, etc. are breathtaking reminders of the strength of nature and the fragility of manmade structures.
A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean near Sendai, Japan on March 13, 2011. Ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group are searching for survivors in the coastal waters after a massive earthquake and tsunami. UPI/Dylan McCord/U.S. Navy