Monday, September 2, 2013

Odd weather: tornadoes in Japan. Again?


I remember writing about something like this before on my blog. Tornadoes aren’t normal for Japan, especially ones that were as destructive as the tornadoes that touched down in Saitama and Chiba prefectures. This time, the tornadoes, especially the one that touched down in Saitama, was powerful enough to snap concrete telephone poles, push over super light weight (kei) vans, and rip roofs and siding off homes.


I’m glad it didn’t happen where I live. Earthquakes and floods are about the worst thing that can happen here… well I guess Mt. Fuji violently erupting would be the worst but I just don’t want to think about that one. Sorry about the pictures. I snapped them quickly off my TV with my smartphone. I’m sure by now there’s better footage on news outlets and YouTube by now.

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  1. "Powerful enough to snap concrete telephone poles, push over super light weight (kei) vans, and rip roofs and siding off homes."

    Condolences to the victims, but around Toronto we call that 'wind'. Maybe they shouldn't build their houses out of sheet metal and cardboard. We get real tornadoes north-west of Toronto. The kind that would raze Kanto to the soil. On NHK they showed where to go in case of tornado: not your home - another building. Nobody going to reflect on the fact their home has no safety zone (basement or interior room with thick load-bearing walls)? Freaking Japanese cognitive dissonance.

  2. I agree the damage is largely caused by wind. Something Japan is no stranger to with their own typhoons and occasional gusts of wind that cross the countryside.

    I doubt anything will come off it unless it becomes an annual thing. From the video, it looks as if the older buildings had as much damage as the newer factory built homes. Bottom line here is Japan homes have a long way to go in durability.

    Oh and since we're on the subject of natural disasters in Japan; the Japanese shouldn't be so surprised there's flooding in the south or whenever it rains a ton for a short amount of time. Stop building on landfill and so close to your concrete riverbeds...