It was a year of high drama: Japan's earthquake and tsunami, the Arab revolts, Bin Laden's death, Occupy Wall Street protests, and the passing of corporate legend Steve Jobs. Here's a look back at 2011 through photographs.
Left, the earthquake that rocked the northeast coast of Japan on the afternoon of March 11, 2011, was huge, at 9.0 magnitude. The tsunami that followed -- with waves rising as high as 130 feet and washing up to 6 miles inland -- did most of the damage. More than 19,000 people were left dead or missing and three nuclear power plants were crippled, triggering the worst atomic disaster since the one at Chernobyl. Left, the tsunami breaches an embankment and flows into the city of Miyako in Iwate prefecture in northern Japan.
2011: Year in Pictures