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One killed, scores injured as tornado rips through Japan (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: May 06, 2012 13:54
Edited time: May 07, 2012 02:43

This picture whows a tornado sweeping through Tsukuba city in Ibaraki prefecture, north eastern Tokyo on May 6, 2012 (AFP Photo / Kei Hasgimoto via JIJI Press / Japan Out). Video from the channel of YouTube user 758440

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A massive tornado has swept through eastern Japan, killing a teenager and injuring dozens of others. The twister ripped roofs of buildings, smashed windows and toppled heavy billboards.

­The 14-year-old died of injuries received when the roof of a house collapsed.

The raging vortex severely damaged over 500 residential buildings, the Japanese Emergency Ministry reported.

The tornado resulted in massive power cuts – some 20,000 houses have been left without electricity.

The small city of Tsukuba, not far from Tokyo, has suffered the most damage. Local TV released footage from Tsukuba showing almost completely-destroyed buildings and overturned cars in the streets.

The National Meteorology Department has issued a storm warning for 25 out of 47 prefectures in Japan.

People walk near debris and damaged vehicles in a residential area after a tornado struck Tsukuba, north of Tokyo (Reuters / Kyodo)
People walk near debris and damaged vehicles in a residential area after a tornado struck Tsukuba, north of Tokyo (Reuters / Kyodo)
Reuters / Kyodo
Reuters / Kyodo
AFP Photo / JIJI Press / Japan Out
AFP Photo / JIJI Press / Japan Out
City officers inspect damages (AFP Photo / JIJI Press / Japan Out)
City officers inspect damages (AFP Photo / JIJI Press / Japan Out)
Reuters / Kyodo
Reuters / Kyodo
AFP Photo / JIJI Press / Japan Out
AFP Photo / JIJI Press / Japan Out

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