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At 5:41 P.M. on May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado ripped through Cunningham Park and the greater Joplin area, leaving a path of death and destruction one mile wide by six miles long in its wake. Over 160 people perished in the storm. What immediatel…
"It started just like any other, normal day. We heard the tornado sirens, but we didn't pay much attention to them since they always go off in bad weather. We have lived here since 1968 and had experienced the drills repeatedly. This one was…
As the tornado lifted, the stories began... stories of butterflies, butterfly people or angels that protected children from the storm. The stories were many and miraculous but very believable when set against the backdrop of the physical devastati…
May 22, 2011 - The people of Joplin pull each other from the rubble. Memorial Hall becomes makeshift hospital, stage becomes the morgue. AmeriCorps sends its first volunteers to help. Thousands of volunteers begin to arrive. May 23, 2011 - Govern…
At the peak of the hill in the distance, is an outdoor chapel. The chapel sits on the sit of what was St. John's Regional Medical Center at the location of the old chapel. At 5:41 pm, the tornado reached its highest intensity at 26th and Maiden La…
5:34 pm: Touches down west of Joplin 5:41 pm: Reaches Cunningham Park Highest Classification: EF5 Wind Speed: Excess 200+ mph Duration: 38 Minutes Length: 13 Miles Peak Width: 3/4+ Mile Lives Lost: 161 Injured: Over 1,000 Trees Destroyed:…
Directly in front of you is the Volunteer Tribute, designed and built by Drury University to honor the 126,000+ volunteers who came to the aid of Joplin within minutes, for months and beyond. The four circles represent Rescue, Recovery, Demolition…
In remembrance of our citizens lost on May 22, 2011 in the tragic tornado that struck Joplin at 5:41 pm [Roll of 161 Remembered Dead]
To The City of Joplin And The "SEASONING OF LIVES" Lost During, And From The Aftermath Of The May 22, 2011 Tornado Dedicated November 22, 2011
In honor of the volunteers who selflessly contributed to the rescue, recovery, and redevelopment efforts after the tornado on May 22, 2011 Joplin, Missouri.