Natural disasters of 2011 (36 images)

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.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2011 at 12:39 PM
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A car sits destroyed near Saint Johns Hospital in Joplin, Missouri on May 23, 2011. A massive tornado hit the small southwestern Missouri town on May 22, 2011. Officials say the tornado cut a path a mile wide by four miles, destroying over 2000 homes and businesses, including the hospital and claiming 116 lives so far. UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock
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