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Photographs That Give Us Perspective: When Nature Strikes

 Among Mother Gaia's most powerful tools are natural disasters, swirling storms of fury spurred on by the angry elements, shaking the very foundation on which we live. The world has been struck by hundreds of disasters over the past centuries, from hurricanes and earthquakes to forest fires and plagues, that have demolished entire civilizations, decimated cities, and homes, and left people battered, broken, and destitute.

Let's not forget one of nature's earliest temper tantrums, the meteor that wiped out the entire dinosaur population. These poignant photos capture the aftermath of many of the most recent disastrous strikes that left all of us, affected and unaffected alike, reeling in its wake and fear-invoking fierceness. 

1. A terrified sloth in Costa Rica clings to a pole after Hurricane Otto has struck 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, A terrified sloth in Costa Rica clings to a pole after Hurricane Otto

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2. Waking up in the morning to find a tree in your bathroom

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, bathroom with large tree trunk lodged through the ceiling

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3. Even smaller hurricanes can have monumental consequences 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, before and after photos of a neighborhood and house flooded after a small hurricane hit

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4. Just one tiny terrified soul rescued from the horrors of Hurricane Harvey 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, small rescued kitten clings to jacket of rescue worker after Hurricane Harvey

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5. A flood forced these green hoppers into a different home 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, bathroom full of green frogs after a flood

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6. The hurricane that split a tree in two with one strike 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, tree split in the middle by plank of wood lodged in its center after a hurricane

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7. This swimming pool remains pristine as the muddy floodwater rises around it

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, clean swimming pool untouched by dirty flood water around it

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8. An act of accidental mercy from a tornado 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, a china cabinet remains intact while surrounding area is filled with debris after a tornado 

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9. The destructive power of nature versus the adaptive power of man

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, man makes makeshift home on rooftop after house is submerged in floods

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10. An aerial view of the fallen trees after Storm Xavier hit Germany 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, Aerial view of fallen trees next to a road in Germany after Storm Xavier

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11. What’s worse? A fire or a flood? 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, houses submerged in a flood, one house burnt down

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12. This mountain set ablaze in Tucson, Arizona, would say a fire. 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, Mountain on fire in Tucson, Arizona

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13. A storm settles down over a hillside in Yosemite, California 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, calm after the storm in Yosemite, California

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14. A stormy night in Texas fills the orange-soaked sky with lightning and a rainbow.  

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, lightning and rainbow visible in an orange sky during a storm in Texas

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15. A boardwalk that lost its grip on reality following a heavy hurricane

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, boardwalk that twists at the end after being damaged by a hurricane

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16. The sand dune in which this pine tree was growing became completely eroded when Hurricane Irma hit Talbot Island State Park in Florida 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, dune in which pine tree was growing in Talbot Island State Park, Nassau county, Florida, eroded away by Hurricane Irma

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17. The roads on the Outer Banks of North Carolina turned into a skate park after Hurricane Sandy

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, skater riding skateboard over broken roads on the outer banks of North Carolina after Hurricane Sandy

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18. An orchard in Ireland became a sea of fallen apples after Hurricane Ophelia hit. 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, orchard in Ireland filled with apples after Hurricane Ophelia

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19. A tower of ice brought to life by a blistering snowstorm 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, a tower covered in snow and ice after a snow storm

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20. A much-needed message of hope from the final page of a Calvin and Hobbes book that barely survived the California fires. 

Photos showing the power and aftermath of natural disasters, page of Calvin and Hobbes found in ashes of a house after California fires

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