Tornadoes


Stirring up forgotten lead: Smelters across US at risk from tornadoes, floods, quakes ~Brian Biencowsky, Environmental Health News

This is a pernicious problem here in Louisiana, not only with oil still washing up on our coast from the  BP Oilspill but with abandoned oil and gas wells across the state. ~Bruce Biles As tornado season ramps up and some natural disasters become more common across the United States, storms and floods can bring…


Fans flock to Washington tornado relief Facebook page ~Leslie Renken, Peoria Journal Star

About an hour after the EF-4 tornado touched down Sunday in central Illinois, the Facebook page Washington IL Tornado Recovery was online. Within 10 minutes it had 100 “likes,” and by 3 p.m. Monday that number had grown to 157,000. The page is filled with photos of the tornado’s aftermath and useful information for those…


The Big Picture: The role of mapping in assessing disaster damages

Almost two years to the day of the Joplin tornado anniversary, a devastating EF-5 tornado hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. The path of the Moore tornado was 17 miles long and two miles wide.   After a devastating event like a tornado, assessing the damages and painting a picture of the…