Uploaded on Feb 18, 2011  The four most common natural disasters in Australia are: Drought, bush fires, floods, and cyclones, and Australia has been suffering from at least one of these natural disasters every year for the last four years (that's as far as I went back).

Photograph by Alex Coppel, My Shot A fire truck quickly leaves the scene of the mammoth Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia. The fires claimed nearly 200 lives and homes in

A red tsunami of sand off the coast of Australia >>> check similar images on Feedinco.com

A red dust storm towers over the ocean ahead of a cyclone approaching Onslow on the Western Australian coast. Tugboat worker Brett Martin, who captured the picture 25 nautical miles from the town of Onslow.

An aerial view of Brisbane under floodwaters, January 1974. Photo: Copyright State Library of Queensland/Author unknown

An aerial view of Brisbane under floodwaters, January Photo: Copyright State Library of Queensland/Author unknown

CycloneTracy 1974 (Santa Never Made It Into Darwin). I was nine when Cyclone Tracy hit and I remember saying to mum could you please donate my presents to these poor kids. It was horrible.

Original pinner sez: CycloneTracy 1974 (Santa Never Made It Into Darwin). I was nine when Cyclone Tracy hit and I remember saying to mum could you please donate my presents to these poor kids. It was horrible.

Summer... An intense crown fire burns in a eucalyptus-dominated wet sclerophyll forest in the Kilmore area of Victoria, Australia on Feb. 2, 2009.

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An intense crown fire burns in a eucalyptus-dominated wet sclerophyll forest in the Kilmore area of Victoria, Australia on Feb.

Summer. People watch from Tamarama as a wave of bushfire smoke haze smothers the Eastern suburbs of Sydney.

October People watch from Tamarama as a wave of smoke haze smothers the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, caused by bush fires across Sydney and NSW.

A man is rescued by emergency workers after he was stranded clinging to a tree on a flooded street in Toowoomba, Australia, during a flash flood Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Flash floods swept through the northeastern Australian community killing one woman, trapping others in cars and leaving some clinging to trees as relentless rains brought more misery to a region battling its worst flooding in decades. (ABC / AP)

PHOTOS: The Worst Natural Disasters Of 2011

2011 was not a pretty year in terms of natural disasters.

Summer on the Plains. Screen grab from the Chris Tangey Fire Tornado video

Filmmaker Chris Tangey witnessed a fire tornado in Alice Springs, Australia, Sept. - Just when I was already terrified enough by the idea of ordinary tornadoes!


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