Joplin tornado deaths up to 122, eighth deadliest on record

JOPLIN, Mo Tue May 24, 2011 7:48pm EDT

1 of 27. Cheryl Parker looks out from her destroyed home to her leveled neighborhood after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011.

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JOPLIN, Mo (Reuters) - A monster tornado that ripped through the small southwest Missouri city of Joplin on Sunday killed at least 122 people and injured around 750. authorities said on Tuesday

The revised death toll was up from 118 fatalities given earlier on Tuesday, and makes the giant twister the eighth deadliest in U.S. history, according to officials speaking at a news conference.

Authorities also said the Joplin tornado was upgraded to an EF-5, or the highest rating possible on the Enhanced Fujita scale of tornado power and intensity. The Joplin tornado had previously been rated as an EF-4.

EF-5 tornadoes are rare in the United States but already this year there have been at least four -- two in Mississippi, one in Alabama last month, and Joplin. They are so destructive that experts said they can turn a house into an aerial missile. Winds during the Joplin tornado were estimated at up to 200 miles per hour.

The Joplin tornado damaged an estimated 8,000 structures in the city of about 50,000, authorities said.

(Reporting by Megan Gates; Writing by Greg McCune; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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triplehex wrote:
Earth consciousness is trying to dismantle the historic mistake called the corporation. All your technology for tracking and predicting is of no use-you have become consumed by it. There is no respect or understanding of nature and how to live with it. The earth will teach us how to live. Don’t expect too much in the way of help. There is no longer a United States, it is owned by the IMF and the World Bank. Like the Gulf Coast disasters (and more larger ones to come) this will become another area too dangerous to inhabit. The photo-op air brushed prez won’t help you. The earth is very sick.

May 24, 2011 7:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Obviously, the world didn’t end on Saturday as some had thought. But, hurricanes, tornados and flooding are still very real threats. At this very moment, people around the world are faced with life threatening and life changing events. For them, it is the end of the world, no matter how local or personal it may be.

As you can see, the government is not going to rush to your aid. People should prepare for the worst by storing food for up to a year or more, putting together bug out bags to keep by the door and have a plan worked out ahead of time:

Those who have found themselves confronted by earthquakes, tsunamis, radiation, tornados and floods in the recent few months past certainly would have benefited by some planning and preparation ahead of time.

May 24, 2011 1:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RMax304823 wrote:
I hope we don’t let our minds slip into an End of Days scenario. It’s not the end of the world. And much of our misery is of our own making. Tornadoes will kill and injure more people, and cause more damage, in the future simply because there are more and bigger targets for them to hit. The same with earthquakes and other disasters. No amount of technology will solve the problem as long as the population of the world increases and spreads out. The earth had a population of less than 2B in 1960. Now it’s about 6B and, at its present rate of increase, will be double that by 2050. The USA had a population of 200M in the mid-60s. Now it’s about 320M. Where are we all supposed to take our kits and bug out to?

May 24, 2011 7:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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