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<p>A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens, February 22, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis</p>

A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens, February 22, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens, February 22, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

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<p>People watch Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano, spewing lava as it erupts on the southern island of Sicily, November 17, 2013.  REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello</p>

People watch Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano, spewing lava as it erupts on the southern island of Sicily, November 17, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

People watch Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano, spewing lava as it erupts on the southern island of Sicily, November 17, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

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<p>A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 17, 2013. 

REUTERS/Jim Young</p>

A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 17, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young

A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 17, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young

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<p>Song Xuxia, 19, receives treatment at a hospital after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province, China, July 23, 2013. 


REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Song Xuxia, 19, receives treatment at a hospital after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province, China, July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Song Xuxia, 19, receives treatment at a hospital after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province, China, July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Visitors take pictures of tidal waves under the influence of Typhoon Usagi in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Chance Chan</p>

Visitors take pictures of tidal waves under the influence of Typhoon Usagi in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Chance Chan

Visitors take pictures of tidal waves under the influence of Typhoon Usagi in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Chance Chan

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<p>An electronic screen is seen on a building amid heavy smog in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China, October 28, 2013.  REUTERS/Stringer</p>

An electronic screen is seen on a building amid heavy smog in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

An electronic screen is seen on a building amid heavy smog in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>An aerial view of a coastal town, devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan, in Samar province in central Philippines, November 11, 2013.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro</p>

An aerial view of a coastal town, devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan, in Samar province in central Philippines, November 11, 2013. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

An aerial view of a coastal town, devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan, in Samar province in central Philippines, November 11, 2013. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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<p>A pregnant woman cooks a meal inside a building overlooking destroyed houses after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines, November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Erik De Castro</p>

A pregnant woman cooks a meal inside a building overlooking destroyed houses after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines, November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A pregnant woman cooks a meal inside a building overlooking destroyed houses after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines, November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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<p>Waves crash against a lighthouse during storms that battered Britain and where a 14-year-old boy was swept away to sea at Newhaven in South East England, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>

Waves crash against a lighthouse during storms that battered Britain and where a 14-year-old boy was swept away to sea at Newhaven in South East England, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Waves crash against a lighthouse during storms that battered Britain and where a 14-year-old boy was swept away to sea at Newhaven in South East England, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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<p>A pedestrian holds onto a post in front of a woman falling down during strong winds in central Brussels, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir</p>

A pedestrian holds onto a post in front of a woman falling down during strong winds in central Brussels, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A pedestrian holds onto a post in front of a woman falling down during strong winds in central Brussels, October 28, 2013. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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<p>A garden with a swimming pool is inundated by the waters of the Elbe river during floods near Magdeburg in the federal state of Saxony Anhalt, Germany, June 10, 2013.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

A garden with a swimming pool is inundated by the waters of the Elbe river during floods near Magdeburg in the federal state of Saxony Anhalt, Germany, June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A garden with a swimming pool is inundated by the waters of the Elbe river during floods near Magdeburg in the federal state of Saxony Anhalt, Germany, June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>Shuttlecocks are scattered inside a damaged gymnasium at Hokuyo junior high school after what seemed to be a tornado in Koshigaya, north of Tokyo, September 2, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai</p>

Shuttlecocks are scattered inside a damaged gymnasium at Hokuyo junior high school after what seemed to be a tornado in Koshigaya, north of Tokyo, September 2, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Shuttlecocks are scattered inside a damaged gymnasium at Hokuyo junior high school after what seemed to be a tornado in Koshigaya, north of Tokyo, September 2, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Smoke from an erupting undersea volcano forms a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small uninhabited island off Japan, in the southern Ogasawara chain of islands, November 20, 2013.

 REUTERS/Japan Coast Guard</p>

Smoke from an erupting undersea volcano forms a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small uninhabited island off Japan, in the southern Ogasawara chain of islands, November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Japan Coast Guard

Smoke from an erupting undersea volcano forms a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small uninhabited island off Japan, in the southern Ogasawara chain of islands, November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Japan Coast Guard

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<p>The bare feet of a student are pictured below a table in a flooded classroom in Lopang Domba Elementary School in Serang, Indonesia's Banten province, November 13, 2013. The school has faced annual floods due to heavy rains during the monsoon season for more than seven years, according to the school principal. REUTERS/Beawiharta</p>

The bare feet of a student are pictured below a table in a flooded classroom in Lopang Domba Elementary School in Serang, Indonesia's Banten province, November 13, 2013. The school has faced annual floods due to heavy rains during the monsoon season...more

The bare feet of a student are pictured below a table in a flooded classroom in Lopang Domba Elementary School in Serang, Indonesia's Banten province, November 13, 2013. The school has faced annual floods due to heavy rains during the monsoon season for more than seven years, according to the school principal. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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<p>Chickens perch on the roof of a hennery to escape rising floodwaters after Typhoon Utor hit Maoming, Guangzhou province, China, August 15, 2013.  REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Chickens perch on the roof of a hennery to escape rising floodwaters after Typhoon Utor hit Maoming, Guangzhou province, China, August 15, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Chickens perch on the roof of a hennery to escape rising floodwaters after Typhoon Utor hit Maoming, Guangzhou province, China, August 15, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>An excavator moves villagers away from a flooded area during heavy rainfall in Yingxiu, Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China, July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

An excavator moves villagers away from a flooded area during heavy rainfall in Yingxiu, Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China, July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

An excavator moves villagers away from a flooded area during heavy rainfall in Yingxiu, Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China, July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A river is seen flowing amongst sand dunes in the Tanami Desert in Australia's Northern Territory, July 15, 2013. 

REUTERS/David Gray</p>

A river is seen flowing amongst sand dunes in the Tanami Desert in Australia's Northern Territory, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

A river is seen flowing amongst sand dunes in the Tanami Desert in Australia's Northern Territory, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Firefighters spray water near a burning house in the Twin Pines Road area at the Silver Fire near Banning, California, August 7, 2013. REUTERS/David McNew</p>

Firefighters spray water near a burning house in the Twin Pines Road area at the Silver Fire near Banning, California, August 7, 2013. REUTERS/David McNew

Firefighters spray water near a burning house in the Twin Pines Road area at the Silver Fire near Banning, California, August 7, 2013. REUTERS/David McNew

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<p>Children sleep on the floor of the Qiaosi subway station in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, during a regional power outage caused by a heatwave, July 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Children sleep on the floor of the Qiaosi subway station in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, during a regional power outage caused by a heatwave, July 25, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Children sleep on the floor of the Qiaosi subway station in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, during a regional power outage caused by a heatwave, July 25, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A hibiscus flower is seen on a volcanic ash-covered plant at Mardingding village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province, November 19, 2013. 

REUTERS/Roni Bintang</p>

A hibiscus flower is seen on a volcanic ash-covered plant at Mardingding village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province, November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Roni Bintang

A hibiscus flower is seen on a volcanic ash-covered plant at Mardingding village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province, November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Roni Bintang

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<p>Men play soccer between the shadows of buildings in Boa Viagem Beach in Recife, Brazil, June 14, 2013. 
REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes</p>

Men play soccer between the shadows of buildings in Boa Viagem Beach in Recife, Brazil, June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Men play soccer between the shadows of buildings in Boa Viagem Beach in Recife, Brazil, June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Danielle Stephan holds boyfriend Thomas Layton as they pause between salvaging through the remains of a family member's home one day after a tornado devastated the town Moore, Oklahoma, in the outskirts of Oklahoma City, May 21, 2013.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif</p>

Danielle Stephan holds boyfriend Thomas Layton as they pause between salvaging through the remains of a family member's home one day after a tornado devastated the town Moore, Oklahoma, in the outskirts of Oklahoma City, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Adrees...more

Danielle Stephan holds boyfriend Thomas Layton as they pause between salvaging through the remains of a family member's home one day after a tornado devastated the town Moore, Oklahoma, in the outskirts of Oklahoma City, May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>A home and car are stranded after a flash flood in Coal Creek destroyed the bridge near Golden, Colorado, September 12, 2013.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

A home and car are stranded after a flash flood in Coal Creek destroyed the bridge near Golden, Colorado, September 12, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A home and car are stranded after a flash flood in Coal Creek destroyed the bridge near Golden, Colorado, September 12, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Farmer Donald O'Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snow drift near weakened animals that had just been rescued, in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, March 26, 2013. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton</p>

Farmer Donald O'Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snow drift near weakened animals that had just been rescued, in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, March 26, 2013. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Farmer Donald O'Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snow drift near weakened animals that had just been rescued, in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, March 26, 2013. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

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<p>A vending machine, brought inland by the tsunami, is seen in an abandoned rice field inside the exclusion zone at the coastal area near Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, September 21, 2013.

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj</p>

A vending machine, brought inland by the tsunami, is seen in an abandoned rice field inside the exclusion zone at the coastal area near Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A vending machine, brought inland by the tsunami, is seen in an abandoned rice field inside the exclusion zone at the coastal area near Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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