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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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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