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Five Videos of the Rare Tornado That Hit Japan, Killing a 14-Year-Old Boy


On Sunday, a rare tornado tore through Tsukuba city in Japan -- 40 miles from Tokyo -- killing a 14-year-old boy.

The Washington Post's Capital City Weather Gang blog reports the winds were between 113 to 157 miles per hour, classifying it as a moderately strong F2 tornado. It goes on to note Wunderground’s Jeff Masters pointing out that there have only been about 15 tornadoes per year in Japan between 1961 and 2010, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. As a comparison, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates more than 1,200 tornadoes occur in the United States each year.

The rare occasion was captured on video. Check out this footage of the tornado that damaged hundreds of homes and has left thousands without power in the Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures (via Business Insider):

But that wasn't the only footage. Here are a few other videos compiled by the Washington Post:

More than 30 other people were injured, including at least 10 who were being treated at hospitals, fire officials said. Details of the death and injuries were not immediately available.

Public broadcaster NHK showed rows of houses without roofs, apartment complexes with smashed balconies and shattered windows, and tilting telephone poles that could barely stand. Here are some photos of the damage:

About 200 homes were damaged in the storm.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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