Devastation in Oklahoma captured on Instagram and Vine

Survivors and witnesses in Oklahoma captured their perspectives of the tornado wreckage using Vine and Instagram.

 

Kris Holt

Internet Culture

Published May 21, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 3:25 pm CDT

At least 24 are dead after a mile-wide tornado ripped through Oklahoma Monday.

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Oklahoma City suburb Moore saw winds of up to 200 mph as buildings were torn apart and schools destroyed. 

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While the official death toll had been 51, that figure was revised to 24 fatalities Tuesday morning. Relief efforts are ongoing, with hundreds of National Guardsmen assisting on the ground.

Survivors and witnesses captured their perspectives of the scene using Vine and Instagram, uploading often graphic images of the devastation to their social networks.

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Photo by @swalddo/Instagram

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Photo by @jacobhoneycutt/Instagram

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Though it is not quite clear who originally took this photo, or indeed if it is from the Moore area, many Instagram users have reposted it. 

Photo via @aureliono/Instagram


Main photo by @swalddo/Instagram

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*First Published: May 21, 2013, 11:14 am CDT