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Biggest News Stories of 2011

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Japanese Earthquake and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

On March 11, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the east of Japan, killing more than 15,000 and leaving another 4,000 missing. Tsunami warnings were issued in a total of 50 countries. Four nuclear power plants declared emergencies as a result, causing panic and unrest in the destroyed areas.

(AP Photo/Hiroto Sekiguchi, The Yomiuri Shimbun)

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