NASA Image Shows Clear Path Of Destruction From Mass. Tornado

SPRINGFIELD (CBS) – Nearly a week after a deadly EF-3 tornado hit western and central Massachusetts, a new image from space gives a very clear picture of just how long that powerful tornado stayed on the ground.

A photo from a NASA satellite makes it easy to see the line the tornado carved into the landscape.

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The scale of devastation is amazing to see from space. For an hour and ten minutes, the twister ripped up everything in its path, leaving behind a distinct path of destruction.

It stretched 39 miles from Westfield to Charlton.

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At times, it spanned a half-mile wide with winds reaching 160 mph.

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The force of twister flattened buildings, snapped trees and tossed around anything in its way.

In all, three people were killed and hundreds were injured.


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