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Most Tornado Deaths in Joplin Occurred in Homes

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A overturned car sits where a house once stood in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 has claimed 122 lives and is now the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years. UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock

A overturned car sits where a house once stood in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 has claimed 122 lives and is now the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years. UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Most of the victims of the May 22 tornado in Joplin died in their homes, rather than in places such as stores or vehicles.

The Joplin Globe determined exactly where 106 of 153 victims died. It reported Friday that 57 of those people, or 54 percent, died where they lived. Thirty-two percent died in non-residential areas such as stores or churches, and 14 percent died in vehicles or outdoors.

The large number of deaths in homes is prompting discussion about ways to improve residential safety as the city rebuilds from the destruction.

Measures being considered include requiring hurricane straps on new construction and extra bolts in structures that tie walls to their foundations. But several city council members say they oppose requiring homeowners to have basements or shelters.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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