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Meteorologists Suggest Oklahoma Tornado Was More Powerful Than an Atomic Bomb
Posted By Timon Singh On May 23, 2013 @ 10:00 am In environmental destruction,Human Relief Efforts,News | 1 Comment
The National Weather Service  just gave the tornado that struck Oklahoma  this week its highest rating of EF-5  due to its high wind speed and the breadth and severity of damage. Several meteorologists used real-time measurements to calculate the energy released during the storm’s life span – and they estimated that it released anywhere from 8 to 600 times the power of an atomic bomb.
According to these weather experts, the tornado generated wind speeds of between 200 mph (320 kph) and 210 mph (337 kph). That coupled with the fact that the tornado was at some points 1.3 miles wide, and the level of devastation was set to be enormous.
According to Harold Brooks at the National Severe Storms Laboratory , less than 1% of all US tornadoes carry the impact that was seen in Moore, where the tornado traveled over 17 miles through through the area in a 40 minute period. Creating widespread devastation throughout the Oklahoma City suburb, the storm claimed 24 lives, including those of nine children.
While some commentators have put forward their own ideas about why the hurricane was so devastating, experts have attributed the devastation to a ‘perfect storm’ situation of warm, moist air and strong wind shear’ in such a balance as to create the highly destructive tornado.
Here are a few ways you can help:
Architecture for Humanity 
Architecture for Humanity  has launched a campaign to Rebuild Moore . They are currently working with local construction professionals to begin rebuilding work, and you can donate to support their work here .
Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command
P.O. Box 2095
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
United Way of Central Oklahoma,
P.O. Box 837,
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
via Phys.org 
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URLs in this post:
 National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov/
 tornado that struck Oklahoma: http://inhabitat.com/huge-tornado-devastates-oklahoma-city-suburb-find-out-how-you-can-help/
 highest rating of EF-5: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22622769
 National Severe Storms Laboratory: http://phys.org/news/2013-05-power-tornado-dwarfs-hiroshima.html
 Architecture for Humanity: http://www.architectureforhumanity.org
 Architecture for Humanity: http://architectureforhumanity.org/
 Rebuild Moore: http://architectureforhumanity.org/updates/2013-05-21-rebuild-moore
 donate to support their work here: https://architectureforhumanity.org/donate/form?program=Rebuild%20Moore
 The Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf
 Salvation Army of Oklahoma: http://salvationarmyokcac.org
 The United Way: http://www.unitedwayokc.org
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