A monstrous dust storm (Haboob) roared through Phoenix, Arizona in July.
Christians protect Muslims during prayer in Cairo, Egypt.
An aerial shot of the damage immediately following the Japanese tsunami.
A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan on March 14.
A man sits in front of a destroyed apartment building following the Joplin, Missouri tornado. (Reuters)
A University of California Davis police officer pepper-sprays students during their sit-in at an "Occupy UCD" demonstration in Davis, California. (Jasna Hodzic)
Firefighters of Ladder Company 4 — which lost seven men on 9/11 — perched together on their aerial ladder, watching a news bulletin in Times Square declaring that Osama bin Laden was dead on May 2.
Cars are abandoned on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive during the "Snowpocalypse" in February.
Facebook played an extremely important role in the uprisings throughout the Middle East.
84-year-old Dorli Rainey was pepper sprayed during a peaceful march in Seattle, Washington. She would have been thrown to the ground and trampled, but luckily a fellow protester and Iraq vet was there to save her. (Joshua Trujillo / seattlepi.com)