Joplin Tornado

By: Gabi Badillo, Claire George, Kaylee Kendall

What happened?

On a hot and humid Sunday afternoon on May 22, 2011, a supercell thunderstorm tracked from extreme southeast Kansas into far southwest Missouri. This storm produced an EF-5 tornado over Joplin, Missouri causing incredible devastation and a tragic loss of life. This storm along with others generated additional tornadoes, wind damage and flash flooding across far southwest Missouri. A large portion of Joplin, Missouri was devastated by an EF-5 (greater than 200 mph) tornado resulting in 158 fatalities and over 1000 injured in the Joplin MO area. The Joplin tornado is the deadliest since modern record keeping began in 1950 and is ranked 7th among the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history.

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Devastating Joplin, Missouri EF-5 Tornado - May 22, 2011

The path of the Joplin, MO

Joplin Tornado Anniversary

Wednesday, May 22nd, 5:45pm

Joplin, MO

Joplin, MO

It is the 4 year anniversary of when the Joplin tornado hit on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 5:41 P.M

The picture shows where Joplin is

What happened to Joplin?

Water- All of the liquid fuels and chemicals can leak from ruptured containers and contaminate groundwater. Environmental dangers could lurk amid the mountains of debris in the southwestern Missouri city and even in the water and air.

Food- Most of the grocery stores, restaurants, and any places that carried food was gone. The only way that people had food was, if their house didn't get demolished, from there home. Most people didn't have any food until the rescue unit came.


Thousands of people were left without power. "The Empire District Electric says about 20,000 customers were without power at the height of the storm."

They are currently checking sub stations and transmission lines and warn residents to stay away from downed power lines.

Ecosystem (abiotic)-

The fires can generate smoke containing soot, dioxins and other pollutants.

environmental dangers could hid in the mountains of debris in the southwestern Missouri city and even in the water and air.

Ecosystem (biotic)-

About 160 people died in this tornado. More than 6oo animals were rescused following the torando.


About 160 people died in the devestating tornado.

Long-Term effect

Long term impact- Joplin, MO will always remember what happened on May 22, 2011. Now they have to worry about the future. They will probably have more storm shelters around the city.

Long term inpact- Tons of organisms died including humans,we will never get them back. The plants could have died off and have a hard time growing back from the conditions.

Comparing Birmingham, AL & Joplin, MO

Birmingham, Alabama tornado cost about the same as the Joplin tornado. Joplin costed $2.2 billion, and Birmingham costed about $2.8 billion. They had the same amount of impact as Joplin, MO did too. Many buildings, houses, restaurants, and many other things were completely demolished in the process of both. They killed about the same amount when all was done. Joplin total death was 162. Birmingham was 216.

Ecosystem of Joplin after the Tornado