A firefighter hoses down the flames at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on October 22, 2013.

Our planet was no stranger to natural disasters this year, from the raging wildfires that destroyed more than 200 homes in Australia to Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, which left a wake of devastation in the Philippines.

Here are 11 of the year's worst natural disasters.

Storm Xaver – Northern Europe – December: 10 dead

A boat lying on the side, on Dec. 6, 2013 in Thorsminde Harbour, as storm Xaver hits Denmark. (JOHAN GADEGAARD/AFP/Getty Images)


Typhoon Haiyan – Philippines – November: More than 6,000 dead, 1,800 missing

Residents walk amongst debris and destroyed houses in Tacloban, Leyte province, central Philippines on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit the city on November 8. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)


Wildfires – Australia – October: 200+ homes destroyed

A firefighter hoses down the flames at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on October 22, 2013. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)


Baluchistan earthquake – Pakistan – September: 400+ dead

Pakistani earthquake survivors search through the debris of their collapsed houses in the devastated district of Awaran on Sept. 25, 2013. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images)


Typhoon Usagi – China, Philippines – September: 25 dead in China

A resident wades through chest-deep floodwaters in Manila on September 23, 2013, after torrential rains worsened by Typhoon Usagi. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)


Floods – Mexico – September: 55 dead, 750,000 stranded

Aerial view of the landslide that buried part of La Pintada village, Guerrero state, Mexico, after heavy rains hit the area, on September 19, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)


Wildfires – Portugal – August: 5 dead

People stand watching a wildfire in Santiago de Besteiros, near central Portugal, on August 30, 2013. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)


Floods — India — June: 5,700 presumed dead

Stranded Indian pilgrims wait to be rescued on the side of a river at Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)


Tornado – Oklahoma, US – May: 24 dead

Debris covers the ground after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. (Brett Deering/AFP/Getty Images)


Sichuan earthquake – China – April: 196 dead

Rescuers search for survivors at a flattened house on April 20, 2013 in Ya'an, China. (ChinaFotoPress/AFP/Getty Images)


Meteor — Russia — February: 1,000 injured

The meteor that exploded above Chelyabinsk, Russia. (Alex Alishevskikh/Wikimedia Commons)

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