In 2010, we saw floods in Pakistan, China and the United States, a massive earthquake in Haiti, crippling heatwaves in Russia, and massive ice melts in the Arctic…not to mention that it was the hottest year on record–yet again.
Now, only four months into 2011, we’ve seen massive earthquakes in Argentina, China, Chile, and most notably, in Japan. And for the past week, horrendous rain storms and tornadoes carved a trail across the Southeastern United States, reducing homes and stores to piles of rubble, and taking the lives of over 300 people.
There is much that we still don’t understand about natural disasters, but as the infographic below demonstrates, they are extremely powerful.
Take a good look at how earthquakes stack up against other destructive forces, like TNT and nuclear bombs, and then check out Care2′s recommendations for how you can prepare for a natural disaster.
Also Check Out:
Earthquake Preparedness: Are You Ready For 6.7?