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Inside Tornadoes
JUNE 2005
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Photo captions by Cassandra Franklin-Barbajosa

View up-close footage of an F4 tornado.
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In the Thick of It
Photograph by Tim Samaras

Carried from who knows where, a two-foot-long (one-meter-long) branch flies past the camera—along with other debris—as it is sucked into the tornado. A half-inch thick, bulletproof, plastic cover protects the camera lens, but the cover takes a beating. "They're pretty scoured once the tornado passes," Samaras says.


Photo Fast Facts
This image was taken from video footage recorded by one of seven video cameras mounted on the media probe. 
Video Resolution: 720x480
Format: Mini dv

Frame Rate: 29.97 frames per second
Shutter Speed: 1/10,000
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