Photo: The wave from a tsunami crashes over a street in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture, in northeastern Japan after a 9.0 earthquake struck off the country's coast on March 11. The earthquake was the strongest known to have ever hit the country, and the tsunami's 133-foot waves killed some 16,000 people. Photo: Reuters/Landov Mar 15, 2011
Photo: Ash billows from the Puyehue volcano in southern Chile on June 5. The eruption was the volcano's first in 50 years. The huge ash cloud prompted evacuations of some 3,500 people and caused air-travel nightmares as far away as New Zealand. Photo: AFP/AFP/Getty Images Jun 05, 2011
Photo: The fierce tornadoes that swept through Alabama in the last days of April killed more than 200 people in the state and destroyed hundreds of homes. In the small town of Pleasant Grove, near Birmingham, two people survived by taking shelter in the closet pictured above; the rest of their house was destroyed. Photo: The Washington Post/Contributor May 12, 2011
Photo: A rare, nocturnal web-footed gecko wipes the morning dew from its eyes in the Namibian desert. These geckos collect water on their eyeballs in the early morning; later, they lick it off to have a drink. Photo: National News/Zumapress.com Jul 07, 2011
Photo: The tall ship Alexander von Humbolt cuts through waves and weather during Kieler Woche, the world's largest sailing event in Kiel, Germany, on June. Photo: Eduard Bopp/Imago/Zumapress.com Jun 24, 2011
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Alireza Yavari
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The fierce tornadoes that swept through Alabama in the last days of April killed more than 200 people in the state and destroyed hundreds of homes. In the small town of Pleasant Grove, near Birmingham, two people survived by taking shelter in the closet pictured above; the rest of their house was destroyed. Photo: The Washington Post/Contributor May 12, 2011
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