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It looks like the series of natural disasters over the course of 2011 so far, ranging from the catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan to the rampant tornado damage across the Midwest U.S., will continue as Hurricane Irene creeps toward the East Coast.
Guards stand by as rescue workers search for victims in the rubble of a destroyed building in Ercis province of Van, in eastern Turkey on October 25, 2011, two days after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck killing 366 and injuring some 1,300. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
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A man sits on the rubble of his destroyed home in Ercis province of Van, in eastern Turkey on October 25, 2011, two days after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck killing 366 and injuring some 1,300. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
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A volcano in southern Chile, some 600 miles south of Santiago, erupts in a storm with lightning for a second day on June 5, 2011, shooting out a cloud of ash six miles high. Residents evacuated from the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano complex area, and there have been no injuries. UPI/Miguel Angel Bustos
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A man passes destroyed buildings in Ercis province of Van, in eastern Turkey on October 25, 2011, two days after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck killing 366 and injuring some 1,300. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
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Two weeks after a devastating tornado destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and killed 145 people, neighborhoods remain in ruins in Joplin, Missouri on June 8, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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