June 5, 2011 | a volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain of south-central Chile erupted after lying dormant for more than 50 years. The government evacuated several thousand residents as Puyehue threw ash more than 6 miles into the sky, pushing the plume toward neighboring Argentina. Authorities had already put the area around the volcano on alert after a flurry of earthquakes earlier on Saturday -- at one point, the tremors reached an average of 230 per hour.
Tornado When the tornado approached my Grandpa Peter's home, he told us he decided to go with our bed-ridden Grandma should they take a hit. They survived unscathed, but his decision was a testament to his deep love for his life sweetheart. Those were the days when people solved problems together and lasted in their marriages despite hardship. K.W. .
Oil--Trish Madison--I believe it was taken in Kuwait. When SadamHussain realized he couldn't have Kuwait he set fires to over 600 Kuwaiti oil wells. It took over 7 months to put out the fires and was one of the largest environmental tragedies according to TIME