James Hrynyshyn was the first of several bloggers that I noted embedding this excellent video adaptation of Bill McKibben’s excellent essay.
Here are pictures of Joplin MO which I took the day before yesterday. Neither the pictures nor the maps can do this thing justice. Driving the length of the damage track is a sobering experience. (Click on images for higher resolution.)
The large building in the third photo was in the core track of the tornado. It was the main regional hospital, evacuated after the tornado. Smaller buildings were in some cases so reduced to rubble that the location of the building is indiscernible. Three story brick structures are about a story and a half high. Massive utilitarian metal structures are twisted into sculptural shapes.
There are probably still a hundred corpses in the rubble. The streets themselves have been cleared with remarkable effectiveness. A modest but steady traffic of cars drives up and down the devastated streets, looking for something or someone.