It's hard to comprehend the amount of damage the tornado that tore through Joplin created. The death toll in Joplin, Missouri, has now topped 125, making Sunday's catastrophe the single deadliest tornado recorded in the United States since modern record-taking began, which was almost 60 years ago.
According to Alan Taylor's In Focus, "AP Photographer Charlie Riedel took a trip in a helicopter to capture images of Joplin's devastated landscape from above. In these photos, the scale of the impact becomes clear, as the nearly mile-wide path of the tornado can be clearly seen curving through several neighborhoods, as can the destroyed hospital and high school."
To see more devastating coverage on the ground, click here, here, and here.
Tornado-Damaged Joplin, From Above - In Focus
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