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

(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.

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)
A boy is pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.   (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki)
A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.   (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki)
This aerial photo shows damage to the Moore Medical Center after it was hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.   (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)
This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.   (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)
Rebekah Stuck hugs her son, Aiden Stuck, 7, after she found him in front of the destroyed Briarwood Elementary in Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.   (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)
This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.   (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)
This photo provided by KFOR-TV shows a car pile-up outside Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.   (AP Photo/KFOR-TV)
A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.   (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki)
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