Greensburg, 2 Years Later

Destruction of a small town,
Greensburg ’07.


I found the above haiku in one of my notebooks recently and thought I might as well share it here.

Greensburg, KS was hit at 9:45PM by an EF5 tornado that destroyed 95% of the town two years ago.  Pictures are fairly easy to find.  Many of them are of the destruction, but finding newer pictures is harder.  I know that the print version of the Sunday, May 3, 2009 edition of the Hutch News has a recent picture, but I haven’t been able to find an electronic version.  It also has a reproduction of it’s Sunday, May 6, 2007 front page, so that you can compare the two pictures.  At first glance the two pictures look quite a bit alike, but the headlines (2007 – YOU CAN’T IMAGINE; 2009 – YOU CAN IMAGINE) begin to indicate the differences.  In the 2007 picture there is debris just about everywhere; in the 2009 picture the debris is cleared away and new buildings are starting to sprout up.  The general lack of trees makes it still look a little barren, but I’m sure that will be rectified in time, if for no other reason than that trees are green.

In looking for a newer pictures, I ran across a site that featured the Big Well and the meteorite that used to be displayed there.  According to, it’s temporarily on display at Sternberg Museum of Natural History.  But it should be sent back to Greensburg when the permanent museum is rebuilt.

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