竜巻

28 Jul

Yesterday at about 2:00PM, a 竜巻 (tornado) hit 群馬県 (Gunma Prefecture), a couple hours north of Tokyo.

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About 200 homes and shops had their windows broken and many had the roofs ripped off. A number of cars were flipped over. And other damage like that.

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It was reported that there were about two dozen injuries but no deaths were reported so far.
The worst injury was sustained by an elderly woman who was hit by a bicycle that was thrown by the high wind. She’s in serious condition at the hospital.

It’s unfortunate that people were injured and had their property damaged. But it’s good that there were no deaths caused by the 竜巻 (tornado)!
群馬県 (Gunma Prefecture) is a rural area. If the 竜巻 (tornado)* struck a densely populated area like Tokyo, surely there would have been alot more damage and casualties!

*(竜巻 (tornado) in Japanese literally translates to “rolling dragon“).

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2 Responses to “竜巻”

  1. SabrinaT July 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    It is good that no one was hurt! I saw something about it on the Japanese news.
    Are tornados rare in Japan?

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    • tokyo5 July 29, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

      Yes, tornados in Japan aren’t common at all.
      地震 (Earthquakes) are the most common natural disaster in Japan…and they’re worse than any other natural disaster, if you ask me. Because they strike with no warning.

      (BTW, I looked at your blog. Your husband’s in the U.S. Navy and stationed in Japan. Isn’t that right?
      And you have three sons? I have three daughters.
      What part of the U.S. are you from?)

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