A year ago, the strongest tornado EF-5 caught small gorodog Joplin, Missouri. Estimated wind speed was 362-402 km per hour. Tornado hit the city on May 22, 7000 houses destroyed, killing 161 people and injuring hundreds more. Joplin recovery occurs gradually, but the scale is very huge.
See also: Tornado in Missouri
Marilyn Six hugs son Chris during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the EF-5 tornado, May 22, 2012.
7-year-old Maggie Ward volunteers on the monument in front of the destroyed Regional Medical Center, St. John's, May 8, 2012.
Dina Meek and her 9-year-old daughter, Maddie search the wreckage of surviving things last year in Joplin.
Free sites and homes under construction in Joplin, May 17, 2012.
Huge ring in memory of the victims of the tornado in Joplin, May 16, 2012.
Otem Achi rides a bicycle in a park in Joplin, May 16, 2012. The girl was thrown from the car during a tornado last year, resulting in a serious injury, but after treatment returned to normal.
Opening ceremony of the high school in Joplin, Missouri, May 21, 2012.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the opening of school in Joplin, May 21, 2012.
Site preparation for the construction of the new Mercy Hospital in Joplin, May 8, 2012.
The cross stands on the spot where once stood the house, May 19, 2012.
Malachi Murdoch says that he suffered when he was in a tornado last year.
Carey Kaylor shows that he had found a metal detector at the site of the destroyed home of his brother in Joplin, August 18, 2011.
Kodessa Skunover sits on the spot where once stood the house of her grandmother, who was killed during a tornado last year, May 19, 2012.
Survivor cross stands at the place where there used to be St. Mary's Church, destroyed by a deadly tornado last year, May 17, 2012.
Zach Abrams playing basketball near the trailer of his family, where they live, after a tornado destroyed their home a year ago, on 22 May 2012.
Artists Emily Frankoski and Dolores Bilk paint the damaged tree tornado in Joplin, May 16, 2012.
Blair Irwin playing with their children on the playground near the cabins, which are temporarily resident tornado victims May 16, 2012.
Cleaned of trash and debris areas in Joplin, May 16, 2012.
Workers build a house in Joplin, Missouri, January 19, 2012. At that time the town had already issued 4,000 building permits.
Destroyed Medical Center against the setting sun in Joplin, May 22, 2012.
Mallows grow in an abandoned garden destroyed home in Joplin, May 8, 2012.
A small memorial of Daniel Shirley, who died in the tornado last year, on a street corner in Joplin, May 22, 2012.
Photographs show the progress that has been achieved over the year after the tornado: May 25, 2011, July 20, 2011 and May 7, 2012.
Joplin May 7, 2011, July 21, 2011 and May 7, 2012.
Scott Hastie flag is set on the site of her destroyed home in Joplin, May 22, 2012.