(NVOnews.com): After the March 11, 2011 tsunami which devastated Fukushima the May 20, 2013 tornado, that swept across Moore, Oklahoma, is being measured with the Hiroshima bomb (video).
Experts are of the view that the tornado was many times more powerful than the nuclear bomb, which was dropped on the Japanese city on August 6, 1945.
Though officials have now revised the death toll and put it at just 24, besides, 240 received injuries, yet the destruction caused by tornado to Moore was quite widespread. It flattened almost each and every house in the town rendering thousands of people homeless.
Ten of these 24 killed were children. Seven of them lost their lives at the Plaza Towers school.
The National Weather Service (NWS) gave it a rating of the Enhanced Fujita Scale-5 (EF5) for wind speed and breadth, and severity of damage. EF5 tornadoes are the strongest tornadoes in the US history and have the most violent winds on Earth, more powerful than a hurricane.
According to The Associated Press the energy released during the stormâ€™s 40-minute life span ranged from eight times to more than 600 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb, with more experts putting it at the high end. Their calculations were based on energy measured in the air and then multiplied over the size and duration of the storm.
Jeff Masters, meteorology director at the Weather Underground, said the strongest winds ever measured were the 302 mph reading, measured by radar, during the EF5 tornado that struck Moore on May 3, 1999 in which 40 people lost their lives.
Kelsey Angle, a weather service meteorologist in Kansas City, said it’s unusual for two such powerful tornadoes to track roughly the same path. It was the fourth tornado to hit Moore since 1998. A twister also struck in 2003. It took two months to clean up after the 1999 tornado.
A map provided by the National Weather Service showed that the storm began west of Newcastle and crossed the Canadian River into Oklahoma Cityâ€™s rural far southwestern side at about 3 PM on May 20 (Monday). When it reached Moore, the twister cut a path through the center of town before lifting back into the sky at Lake Stanley Draper.
Oklahoma Governor. Mary Fallin, who went on a flyover of the area described it as a â€œheartbreaking experienceâ€. She said many houses and buildings have been reduced to â€œsticks and bricks.â€ Yet she assured: â€œWe will rebuild and we will regain our strength.â€