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NASA satellite has captured the devastating impact of violent tornadoes in Arkansas.

Arkansas tornado damage visible from space

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 5:55 PM - The track of a violent tornado that tore through parts of Arkansas April 27 left a trail that can be seen from outer space, NASA has announced.

A brutal band of severe weather battered the central Plains and mid-South on April 17, killing more than a dozen people in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The violent storm came from a cold front originating in the Rocky Mountains, churning up enough energy to generate a violent tornado.

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Beginning at 7 p.m. local time, the large twister levelled a path between Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas, destroying up to 500 buildings.

The following day NASA'S Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite captured the twister's path. 


Note the brown trail present on Little Rock's green landscape.


On May 2, another NASA satellite passed by, painting an even clearer picture of the destruction.

In the latest image, a clear path of damaged trees and buildings can be seen.

This nightmare storm was all too familiar for the small community: It formed almost exactly three years after another storm ransacked the town, following essentially the same path.

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All photos courtesy of NASA

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