How Many People Have Died From Tornadoes? (Infographic)

Infographic: A chart of tornado deaths since 1875.

2011 marked a huge spike in tornado activity in the United States. 1,704 confirmed tornadoes killed 553 people. This includes 158 deaths from the category EF5 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22. The Joplin tornado is the deadliest since modern record-keeping began in 1950.

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