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May 19, 2012

Trembling from above – first-hand tornado wrath

The path of the May 22, 2011 EF-5 tornado across Joplin, Missouri. The tornado scored a direct strike on the city's hospital and high school, and ravaged neighborhoods. The New York Times has interactive before-and-after imagery:

This past weekend The New Yorker‘s new “Weekend Reading” feature directed me to a fascinating disaster survival narrative that was so good I figure I can take a little departure from solid Earth phenomena to point you all to the enthralling account… and the first-hand videos that accompany it. The disaster in question was an EF-5 tornado that scored a direct hit on the modest southwest Missouri town of Joplin on …