Whether you believe that is simply part of earth's life cycle or mankind's abuse there is no denying that 2011 had more than its fair share of disasters. Extreme weather became the norm as many people felt the wrath of the elements.
Whilst the UK's heavy snowfalls caused problems other countries had worse in store. New Zealand experienced a devastating earthquake in February 2011. The death toll was high and the damage widespread. New Zealand's woes were soon forgotten though when a major earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan. The death toll here was much higher but the greatest cause for concern was the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. This looked set to cause greater harm world wide. The Japanese though showed huge determination and coordination, having roads need for supplies repaired back to A1 condition in a matter of days.
Sadly as we start 2012 the news is that New Zealand has again experienced an earthquake. This one is again in the Christchurch region but is less severe. measuring 5.3 on the Richter Scale. It follows similar quakes in December 2011 which are all said to be aftershocks from the February quake. Japan has again shook as a 7.0 earthquake hit parts of the country January 1, 2012. Loss of life and damage is said to be slight but only time will tell,
In May 2011 an Icelandic volcano sprung to life and travel chaos in Europe and beyond followed. Flights were grounded as volcanic debris and smoke filled the skies.
America was warned to expect the mother of all storms when Hurricane Irene hit land in August 2011. It caused damage as far north as Canada but in the end was less devastating than predicted. Countries which often suffer such terrible disasters also experienced severe flooding and loss of life in 2011.
Parts of Australia were battered by torrential rain and flash flooding more than once in 2011. Loss of life and destruction could not dampen the Aussies enthusiasm. They pulled together to restore what they could,
The Philippine Islands which are no stranger to events such as flooding suffered extensive damage and loss of life as a result of a typhoon and flash floods in December 2011. As a nation well used to such disasters complacency added to the problems. Instead if evacuating areas many people stayed until it was too late.
Whilst you have to accept that the seemingly increased incidences of natural disasters is partly due to rolling 24/7 news keeping people fully conversant with events, there is no escaping the fact that 2011 was one Hell of a Year, as far as disasters went. It also proved to be one of the costliest ever.