The EF-5, multi-vortex tornado swept through Joplin, Jasper County Missouri's largest city, in the late afternoon of Sunday, May 11, 2011.  The tragedy claimed an estimated 157 lives and injured more than 1,000 others. It was the deadliest single tornado since modern recordkeeping began in 1950 and is ranked as the 7th deadliest in U.S. history, according to NOAA.

​All photos taken in the days after the tornado are © Leslie Myers and Brenda Myers, unless otherwise noted. Our photos here were first published in September 2014. You may use these photo – if credit is given to – for not-for-profit purposes, such as personal family trees, social media, personal and community websites, etc.

Note: As Jasper County natives, we visited the site in the aftermath, not as sightseers adding to the problem. We donated, hand packed and delivered $500 worth of snacks/toiletries/survival kits to citizens on site and recovery workers.


The wasteland left by the May 11, 2011, historic disaster.

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