Watch CBS News

Buzzfeed: The Most Powerful Images Of 2011

The website,, has come up with its list of the most powerful images of the year and that's exactly what they are: powerful.

There's the awesome power of nature: a dust storm swallowing Phoenix.

The before and after of the massive tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri.

Incredible lightning as a volcano erupts in Chile.

And the year's worst disaster illustrated by a boat on top of a building after Japan's tsunami.

There is heartbreak: Robert Peraza pausing at his son's name at the 9/11 Memorial, and the loyal dog who can't leave his fallen Navy Seal master even in death.

There is victory: the White House Situation Room watching the successful take down of Osama Bin Laden, and Ladder Company 58, which lost seven firefighters on 9/11, perched on a ladder, celebrating Bin Laden's death in Times Square.

And there is remembrance: lights shining where the World Trade Center towers once stood.

Those are the pictures worth more than a thousand words, telling the story of 2011.


View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.