Joplin Tornado Essay

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Joplin Tornado Tornados can be one of the most damaging weather disasters aside from hurricanes. These spinning funnels of air become more deadly with the length of their path and the amount of debris that they pick up. Each year tornados create a path of destruction throughout the United States. In 2011, the city of Joplin Missouri and its near 50,000 residents had a tornado rip through the town for almost 38 minutes. The tornado was rated at an EF-5 magnitude with multiple vortexes. The late afternoon tornado ripped through the town at almost 1 mile wide. The storm had a major impact on the earth, major damages including deaths and injuries, an economic impact, and lasting consequences to the town.
Impact to the Earth
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These power lines not only posed danger to anyone that came near them but also house chemicals. Power lines include transformers and different electrical components that can contain oils that can be highly toxic. Many of the companies in the town housed chemicals for industrial operations and plants that were also spread throughout the town.
Damages, Injuries and Fatalities
The Fujita scale is how tornadoes are rated. This rating is based on wind speeds which cannot actually be accurately recorded inside of a tornado. The wind speeds are calculated by the amount of destruction to common things like businesses and homes. The scale which, was named after its creator Dr. Ted Fujita, is based on a scale from EF0 TO EF5. The Joplin tornado was ranked at the highest rating of EF5. Storms with this rating see wind speeds over 200 miles per hour. This magnitude of tornados is capable of sweeping homes right off foundations and is able to pick up automobiles.
According to Houston & Franken (2015) “the tornado killed 158 people, injured more than 1,000, and destroyed approximately one third of all houses in Joplin as well as many schools and businesses”. Storms of this magnitude leave towns with little to nothing left. The damages from this storms took years to rebuild and make whole

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