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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mary Baker School, Brockton- June 12th

42° 5' 49 N
70° 59' 24 W

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We are happy to be back visiting the Mary Baker School in Brockton for our third visit and our second this year! We last visited the school on May 15th and the blog post for that visit can be found here.

The Path of the Worcester Tornado
While trying to think of things to write about for this week's blog post, EarthView wrangler Eva was watching the news the other night when she heard that this past Tuesday, June 9th, marked 62 years since the devastating Worcester Tornado.

On June 9th, 1953 at 5:09pm, a powerful F-4 tornado ravaged through the city of Worcester, Massachusetts becoming known as the 21st deadliest tornado in United States history. The funnel was a mile wide and the tornado was on the ground for about an hour and a half, blowing through some 60 miles of land. While the tornado also affected the nearby towns of Barre, Rutland, Holden and Shrewsbury, Worcester was hit the hardest. In the storm, 94 people were killed and about 1,250 people were injured. 
1953 Worcester Tornado

While it is unlikely for Massachusetts to be affected by tornadoes, we do get powerful storms that spawn up tornadoes every once in a while like the tornado outbreak four years back that affected Springfield and other surrounding towns or even that small EF-0 tornado that hit Stoughton in May of 2013. Tornadoes do happen in our area so we always need to be prepared. 

For a list of ways that you and your family can be prepared for any natural disasters, please visit 

We hope that the students of Mary Baker School enjoyed their visit with EarthView today! 

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