Too bad children aren’t as important as cash.
Okay I don’t think you understand.
- The elementary school was DIRECTLY in the path of the tornado. It wouldn’t matter if there was a structure like this in that building. It would’ve been destroyed too when in the direct path of an EF5.
- There was a basement in that school. There were children and staff IN that basement, as per usual tornado protocol goes in Oklahoma schools (I attend school in Norman, the town just south of Moore.) But many of those people still died.
- Do not try to pull this “they didn’t care about their children” bullshit. They cared. That building was built with tornadoes in mind. Like every building in Oklahoma.
- HOWEVER, there are few buildings that can be built to withstand an EF5. Why? Well one, that’s really difficult. Impossible, even. And two, whenever tornadoes do occur in Oklahoma, they’re usually in the range of F1-F3, something that the Plaza Towers Elementary School would have likely been able to stand up to.
If this still upsets you that an elementary school wasn’t specifically built to stand to 300 MPH winds, then don’t sit behind your screen and shout at the victims. Work to make sure that the new structures are up to your standards.
While I don’t live anywhere near where this occurred, I’m still signal boosting the hell out the above post, and also pointing out a few things I’ve learned from being long fascinated by tornadoes.
F5 tornadoes are the most powerful and violent winds on earth. Their sheer wind power alone can flatten brick structures, rip roads off of the earth, and tear the foundations of houses from the ground. That’s just the wind alone.
Now, consider this: a tornado picks up debris and spins it around in a violent vortex before hurling it back out in all directions. Look at the debris in that photograph. If any of those things were hurled out and hit something that was directly under an F5 tornado, it would become a projectile that would shatter pretty much anything in its path. There has been footage recorded of wooden beams gone clean through brick walls. It doesn’t matter what you’re behind - if something hits it at 300mph, it’s sheer luck if you don’t die.
What happened is a tragedy and no one is to blame. Tornadoes are fast, violent, and unpredictable. If you are directly in the path of an F5 tornado, the only way you will survive is luck. F5 tornadoes are very rare. The school had adequate protection for all common categories. No one can protect against an F5.
Now stop judging people from your safe location and let this town grieve.
Buildings can be made to withstand nearly anything-so can cars and bridges and (insert your choice here). However, you couldn’t afford them. The Twin Towers had been designed to suffer the strike of a large aircraft, but not the fire resulting from nearly full tanks of jet fuel. Everything built by humans is a compromise. None of this mitigates the tragic horror of events like this. We can only hope to learn and do better next time.