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Joplin tornado may have left asbestos exposed

The tornado that occurred in Joplin, Mo. and ripped through the area destroying homes and businesses may still be affecting the town. Officials think that environmental hazards may now be a concern.

Older buildings that were damaged in the storm may contain asbestos. When left alone, asbestos is not a a danger, but when it is disturbed and can become airborne.

After it is airborne, it can be ingested by people nearby and then can lead to lung cancer or asbestos-related diseases. Experts have said that this can happen in the cleanup process of natural disasters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent teams to investigate the Joplin area, but have found no serious pollution issues at this time.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, contact us or visit us at our site for more information.

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