When Earth shakes
Nature is a powerful force. It has the ability to mesmerize with ephemeral rainbows, countless stars, and majestic views. It can also level cities, flood homesteads and burn buildings. With a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, Earth flexed its muscles this past April and brought disaster from Kathmandu to Everest. It killed more than 8,500 people, and left an additional 8 million struggling for water, food and shelter. It was particularly deadly in Kathmandu (seen at the right), with its tall buildings and high population density. Other recent natural disasters include California's drought, Chile's earthquake and tsunami, and the typhoon in the Philippines.