There's nothing more terrible to witness than a huge natural disaster. When the elements turn against us, it's the ultimate reminder that we're not in control over this planet as much as we like to believe. Here are some beautiful, harrowing images of nature's destructive fury.
Top image: A huge mesocyclone supercell near the Nebraska and Kansas border, June 22, 2012 (Photo by Jennifer Brindley, via National Geographic)
A tsunami after a 8.9 earthquake in Japan, March 11, 2011
(Photo by Tomohiko Kano/Mainichi Shimbun/dapd)
Hurricane Sandy on a satellite image of NASA and wrecked homes in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, October 29 and 31, 2012
(Photo by NASA and Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Pakistani flood affected people look towards an army helicopter dropping relief supplies, Rajanpur, Central Pakistan, August 15, 2010.
(Photo by Khalid Tanveer/AP)
During and after a huge forest fire southeast of Moscow, Russia, July 30 and August 1, 2010
(Photo by Mikhail Metzel/AP and Dmitry Christoprudov/AP)
Lightning seen amid the lava and ash erupting form the vent of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in central Iceland, April 18, 2010.
(Photo by Jon Pall Vilhelmsson/AP)
Red dust storm in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, February 1, 2010
You can see more pictures about some red waves breaking across the land here.
(via Tim Gimbert/Flickr)
Undersea Volcano erupts off of Tonga, sending plumes of steam, ash and smoke up to 100 metros into the air, March 18, 2009
(Photo by Dana Stephenson/Getty Images)
Double cyclone above Iceland, 2006
(Photo by Jesse Allen/NASA)
A dust storm near Wajir, Kenya, March 17, 2006
(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
U.S. Marines aboard a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter above a landslide in Leyte, Philippines, February 19, 2006
Hurricane Isabel, 2003
(via NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Steam rises as hot lava reaches the Pacific Ocean in Volcano National Park from Kilauea, Hawaii, July 27, 2002
(Photo by Phil Mislinski/Getty Images)
John McColgan: Elk Bath (also known as Bitterroot Forest Fire), 2000
Taken by a fire behavior expert of the Alaskan Type I Incident Management Team on Aug 6, 2000 in the Bitterroot National Forest, Montana.
Local residents look at a landslide on the highway from Sevastopol to Yalta, Ukraine, Apr 23, 1997
Landslides have destroyed a major roadway on the Crimean Peninsula, leaving about 9,000 people stranded in towns that cannot be reached by traffic and are cut off from supplies.
(Photo by Sergei Svetlitsky/AP)
A section of an elevated highway named Hanshin Expressway is seen collapsed after the Great Hanshin Earthquake (or Kobe Earthquake) occurred on January 17, 1995.
(Photo by Atsushi Tsikada/AP and Yomiuri Shimbun/AP)
The Rope stage of a tornado in Cordell, Oklahoma, May 22, 1981
(Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Getty Images)
A massive blowdown of trees after the eruption of Mt St Helens, June 2, 1980
(Photo by J. DeVine/USGS)
The Stromboli Volcano (Italy) erupting incandescent molten lava fragments, photo by B. Chouet in 1969.
(via U.S Geological Survey)