Most tornado deaths in Joplin occurred in homes

Most tornado deaths in Joplin occurred in homes

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A tattered flag flies from a battered tree in a devastated Joplin, Mo. neighborhood Monday, May 30, 2011. An EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city May 22, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 139 people. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 17 at 1:52 PM

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Most of the victims of the May 22 tornado in Joplin died in their homes, rather than in places such as stores or vehicles.
  
The Joplin Globe determined exactly where 106 of 153 victims died. It reported Friday that 57 of those people, or 54 percent, died where they lived. Thirty-two percent died in non-residential areas such as stores or churches, and 14 percent died in vehicles or outdoors.
  
The large number of deaths in homes is prompting discussion about ways to improve residential safety as the city rebuilds from the destruction.
  
Measures being considered include requiring hurricane straps on new construction and extra bolts in structures that tie walls to their foundations. But several city council members say they oppose requiring homeowners to have basements or shelters.
  
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Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com
  
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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