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11:01 pm - 05/06/2012

Tornado Strikes Japan on May 5th

A TORNADO has ripped through eastern Japan, killing a teenager and destroying dozens of homes.

A 14-year-old male died as a result of the tornado, said a spokesman at the disaster headquarters of Tsukuba city in Ibaraki prefecture, roughly 60km northeast of Tokyo.

The exact cause of the death was not immediately clear, but he was among 15 people whom rescue workers rushed to hospitals immediately after yesterday's twister, the city government said.

It added that 21 other people also sought medical care for tornado-related injuries in the city, and said it had asked Self Defence Force troops to help with rescue and relief operations.

"The figure is only a temporary tally. We believe the number (for injuries) could rise," the spokesman said.

The Tsukuba fire and emergency bureau said 30 to 50 houses were destroyed by the tornado, with many more damaged.

Moka city in neighbouring Tochigi prefecture reported one injury and damage to 132 buildings after it was hit by a separate apparent tornado.
A number of minor injuries were also reported in Tochigi, while a swathe of eastern Japan was battered by strong winds, hail, lightning and heavy rain.

In total, tornadoes damaged roughly 500 houses and buildings in the Kanto region, including Ibaraki and Tochigi, said the online editions of national broadcaster NHK and the mass-circulation Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

Television footage from Tsukuba showed houses swept from their foundations, overturned cars in muddy debris and fallen concrete power poles.

Aerial images showed possibly hundreds of houses and apartments with shattered glass windows, many of them with their roofs blown away.

"You could see the roaring column of wind rushing with sparks from live power lines inside it," a local man told national broadcaster NHK.

"Winds blew into my house. It took only a moment," a woman told NHK while cleaning up her home.

Japan's weather agency issued warnings for a wide region in the east of the country, urging people to seek shelter in case of sudden winds and thunder.

The severe winds caused a power outage for nearly 20,000 households in the region, said a spokeswoman for Tokyo Electric Power.

"The tornado and thunder happening around 12.46pm (1.46pm AEST) are believed to be the cause of the outage for 19,300 clients in Tsukuba and its surrounding areas," she said.


Raw footage of the tornado:

Weather Channels's report:

I hope this is alright, I've seen other news posts here. I just...damn. Tsukuba, like the rest of Japan (Northern Ibaraki was declared a disaster area after the earthquake), has been through a lot of the past year and now this. Tsukuba may be a young city, but the people there are strong and I know they'll make it over this hurdle as well.  I love you Tsukuba...<3 <3 <3

Source: Herald'sSun, MSNBC, WeatherChannel
lelouchikaru 7th-May-2012 06:06 am (UTC)

Places on Earth (in orange) where tornadoes are most likely to occur.
chesutoberry 7th-May-2012 06:40 am (UTC)

and the one near the west coast borderline too?! AIYA =A= now I know
thanks for the info~
arhythmicpulse 7th-May-2012 10:16 am (UTC)
Prior to 2009 there have only been very few (around 3 or 4) known tornado occurrences in the Philippines. Oddly, in 2009, five tornadoes broke out in just three months, IDK why, probably due to global warming, etc. I still think tornadoes in the Philippines is an "unusual" occurrence, unlike the storms/hurricanes which take place at least 20 times every year.
chocoshrimp 7th-May-2012 08:11 am (UTC)
squallina 7th-May-2012 09:35 am (UTC)
Agreed. I've heard of one tornado in Australia in my 20 years of living there. And we called it an oversized dust devil. I don't think it even managed to blow a roof off anything. :/
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jeune_fleur 7th-May-2012 08:50 am (UTC)
From what that map says there should have been tornados in Buenos Aires, and as long as I've been here (also asked my mom and grandma) there haven't been any. Yes there have been but in the north, so, people, don't trust that much that map...

Edited at 2012-05-07 08:51 am (UTC)
inachan89 7th-May-2012 11:28 am (UTC)
pandaranda 7th-May-2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
Woah, New Zealand rarely gets tornadoes. The first in my lifetime was last year and it was such a shock because stuff like that NEEEVER happens. O_o Earthquakes for sure, but tornadoes? Hmm...
fumine 7th-May-2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
Austria????????? LOL no, we have too many mountains ^^'
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senshicalico 7th-May-2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
lol @ people saying this is ~inaccurate~. I don't think this map is saying "THERE HAVE BEEN TORNADOES HERE Y DON'T U REMEMBER" it's saying these are places where conditions are ideal for tornadoes and are more likely to happen than in the white areas.
botanbutton 7th-May-2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
Seems people didn't pay attention in science when they talked about weather.
fumine 8th-May-2012 12:47 am (UTC)
"It's saying these are places where conditions are ideal for tornadoes and are more likely to happen than in the white areas."

Then it's still inaccurate *shrugs*
I live in one of those red countries on the map, tornados here are extremely rare due to two thirds of our land lying in the Alps - so what ideal conditions?
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