Oklahoma Devastation, Rescue in Pictures
AP photographer describes scene of hope amid the horror
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2013 4:21 AM CDT
Updated May 21, 2013 5:03 AM CDT
Two men attempt to pry open a door on this car to check for victims in a parking lot in Moore yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel)

(Newser) – The massive tornado that hit Moore, Okla., yesterday left scenes of utter devastation but there were also moments of hope as survivors were found in the rubble. AP photographer Sue Ogrocki arrived at the destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School expecting to find a scene of chaos, but instead found it "calm and orderly as police and firefighters pulled children out one-by-one from underneath a large chunk of a collapsed wall."

"In the 30 minutes I was outside the destroyed school, I photographed about a dozen children pulled from under the rubble," Ogrocki writes. "I focused my lens each one of them. Some looked dazed. Some cried. Others seemed terrified. But they were alive." Click for Ogocki's full account, or more on the tornado.

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May 22, 2013 10:59 AM CDT
so my question is, Why, in Moore Ok., of all the places on earth,(and the mid-west in general), does each and every school not have an underground tornado shelter?
May 21, 2013 5:00 AM CDT
Again I ask: what kind of miserable company sticks not one, but *two* ads in a series of pictures about tragedy and destruction? Sick, Newser, Sick.
May 21, 2013 4:56 AM CDT
If you wish to help, give to the Red Cross. Either blood or money or even perhaps both.