If a massive tornado ever strikes Overland Park, Kan., researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology have created a model that could speed the city's recovery.
The researchers gathered data from the Kansas City suburb on water, sewer lines, transportation, communication and electricity. They also worked with meteorologists to determine the average width, direction and path of an EF-5 tornado. Researchers also know the average size of the devastation and collateral damage zones.
The model also includes information about the availability of raw materials and the number of skilled workers who would be needed to get Overland Park back on its feet.
Next up, the team plans to model what would happen in the St. Louis area if a severe earthquake occurred along the New Madrid fault.