An Interactive Map of the Tornado Devastation in Moore, Oklahoma

Contemplating the scale and capriciousness of the damage
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Last month's Moore, Oklahoma tornado caused severe damage in many portions of the city. Whole blocks were wiped out, as can be seen in this swipeable, before-and-after map created by the geographic information services company, ESRI.

What's most shocking, though, is how specific the damage was. Completely devastated blocks sit right across the street from neighborhoods that were largely spared. For example, as you scroll horizontally to the east, look at the difference between homes on either side of SW 149th Street. To the north, only rubble remains. To the south, the homes are still intact.

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Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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