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Revisiting Joplin, one year after the storm

Photos by Charlie Riedel / AP

Shots taken on May 23, 2011, left, and May 7, 2012, show progress made in Joplin, Mo., in the year after an EF-5 tornado destroyed a large swath of the city.

A killer tornado tore through Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011, destroying 7,500 buildings and killing 161 people. AP’s Charlie Riedel documented the destruction over the next few days. He returned two months later to see how the cleanup was going, and again on May 7, 2012. These pictures show the changes the town is going through.

They’ve made considerable progress in Joplin, aided by donations and volunteers. However, there are still many empty lots, and the town is only now breaking ground on a new high school to replace the one destroyed by the storm.

These three-photo combos, taken on May 25, 2011, top, July 20, 2011, center, and May 7, 2012, bottom, show scenes of destruction, cleanup and rebuilding in the year since an EF-5 tornado destroyed a large swath of the city and killed 161 people.

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