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From Fukushima to Joplin, the world saw its fair share of natural disasters in 2011, with some, like the East Coast earthquake, owing their scope to surprise and social media and others, like the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan, astounding the world by their sheer ferocity.
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Japanese police wearing chemical protection suits search for victims inside the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on April 15, 2011. A massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11 destroyed homes, killed thousands and caused a nuclear disaster. UPI/Keizo Mori
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