#1May 7th, 2012
A tornado with winds of 113-157 mph (F2 intensity) ripped through the city of Tsukuba in Japan Sunday, 60 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of Tokyo. The twister left a trail of destruction, killed a 14-year old boy and injured dozens.
Here’s how the Daily Telegraph described the storm damage (external - login to view):
Dramatic television footage from the city revealed how houses were swept up in the storm from their foundations, causing cars to overturn in muddy debris and concrete power poles to tumble.
Hundreds of houses suffered from broken windows, with aerial images also showing many properties with their roofs entirely blown away in the storm.
EarthSky reported (external - login to view)the tornado “picked up vehicles and tossed them like toys.”
Source: Tornado strikes Japan near Tokyo, kills one (VIDEOS) - Capital Weather Gang - The Washington Post (external - login to view)