When Disaster Strikes

by MsWilbur
Last updated 9 years ago

Earth Sciences

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When Disaster Strikes

On Sunday, May 22, 2011 an F5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. Wind speeds exceeded 200 mph.

The base of the tornado was over a mile wide!

Also Tuesday, the National Weather Service announced that the twister that crippled Joplin was an EF-5, the strongest rating assigned to tornadoes, with winds of more than 200 mph. Scientists said it appeared to be a rare "multivortex" tornado, with two or more small and intense centers of rotation orbiting the larger funnel.

The Huffington Post estimated over $3 Billion in damages. Read the article here

When Disaster Strikes

158 people lost their lives that day. Around 1,000 people were injured.



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