The Worst Natural Disasters in Recent History

Mother Nature's unleashed a devastating series of disasters -- here are some of the worst, and how to help (12 Photos)

Heather M. Graham on Mar 23, 2011 at 7:27PM

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The Worst Natural Disasters in Recent History

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2011 Tornado in Joplin, Miss.

The 200-mph tornado that ripped through Joplin, Miss. on May 22, 2011 was the worst on record, according to the National Weather Service. An estimated 8,000 buildings were destroyed in the twister, with more than 900 people injured and 125 killed. The Salvation Army is offering an easy way to help: Simply text "JOPLIN" to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

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