Forces Of Nature

Whether by earth, air, fire or water, the world took a beating in 2011

EARTH

FIRE

AIR

WATER

Width of band corresponds to severity of event

Events proceed chronologically from the center

The Japan earthquake was one of the five most powerful ever recorded

EARTHQUAKES MEASURED ON THE RICHTER SCALE

OKLAHOMA NOV. 6 MAGNITUDE 5.6 Largest in state's history

TURKEY OCT. 23 MAGNITUDE 7.1 At least 534 killed

INDONESIA SEPT. 5 MAGNITUDE 6.6 At least 10 killed

VIRGINIA AUG. 23 MAGNITUDE 5.8 No casualties, but it ignited a social-media frenzy

KYRGYZSTAN JULY 19 MAGNITUDE 6.1 At least 13 killed

SPAIN MAY 11 MAGNITUDE 5.1 At least 10 killed

BURMA MARCH 24 MAGNITUDE 6.9 At least...

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