Tornado in Japan ・日本で竜巻： 1 killed, 40 injured.
Earlier today — May 6, 2012 — a tornado (竜巻 – Tatsumaki) tore through Tsukuba (つくば市), Japan. Here are a couple vids of it, via YouTube:
“A teenage boy died, around 40 people were injured and up to 500 houses were damaged Sunday after apparent tornadoes hit Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures, north of Tokyo, prompting Ibaraki Gov. Masaru Hashimoto to ask the Self-Defense Forces to be deployed for disaster relief. . . .”
Tsukuba, home to Tsukuba Science City and Japan’s space agency, JAXA, is just Northeast of Tokyo. It’s in Ibaraki Prefecture, which is also home to the city of Hitachi, Birmingham, Alabama’s Sister City. Metro Birmingham’s been hit by tornadoes again and again over the past year or so.
I’ll update as I get more news…
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As LetsJapan.Wordpress.Com readers may know, we’ve some history with tornadoes here in the U.S. Deep South, too. Much of that quite personal for me:
+ March 1, 2012: Tornado rips family property, my mom’s safe.
+ April 27, 2011: Tornado devastates my college town, lumbers within a few miles of my house.