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The Joplin Tornado: A Calamity and a Boon to Resilience, 10 Years On

A NIST Feature Story

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Credit: B. Hayes/NIST

In 2011, a vicious tornado wreaked havoc on the city of Joplin, Missouri. The tragic event spurred NIST and others into action to improve the country’s resilience to tornadoes. A decade later, we’ve come quite a long way.

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Released May 21, 2021, Updated July 13, 2021