Japan Tornado 2012: Twister hits Tsukuba, over 30 people injured

By on May 6, 2012 in Asia Comments

A powerful tornado hit Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan on Sunday, May 6, 2012, with over 30 people have been injured and hundreds of houses have been destroyed.

Aftermath of Japan tornado
Image Credit: Yomiuri Shimbun,Yoko Miwa/AP

As noted at Kyodo News that day, the tornado occurred at around 1 p.m. (local time) has shattered windows and blew away roofs of over 200 houses, with a 14-year-old boy apparently died after being taken to Tsukuba Medical Center.

According to the report, firefighters and helicopter medical teams rushed to Tsukuba, which is located around 50 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, after the tornado; with Tokyo Electric Power officials saying that around 20,000 houses lost no power triggered by the said twister.

Meanwhile, public broadcaster NHK reported that that there were a number of overturned cars in muddy debris and fallen concrete power poles, with aerial images also showing ruined houses caused by the tornado.

With this, tornado warnings were issued in north-eastern Japan, including Tokyo, despite tornadoes notably relatively rare in the Tokyo area. Exact number of casualties has not yet confirmed as of this writing.

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