2006 Saroma tornado

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2006 Saroma tornado
F3 tornado
FormedNovember 7, 2006 4:25 UTC (1:25 pm local time)
Max rating1F3 tornado
Fatalities9 fatalities, 26 injuries
Areas affectedSaroma, Hokkaidō, Japan
1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

On November 7, 2006, a deadly tornado struck the town of Saroma, Hokkaidō in northern Japan. The tornado destroyed forty buildings.[1] Nine people were confirmed dead and 26 people injured (seven seriously) as of November 9, 2006.[2] Most of the casualties occurred at the work site for a tunnel, where the storm swept over prefabricated housing that was being used by workers. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the tornado is the deadliest ever recorded in Japan.[3]

The previous recent most deadly tornado occurred September 18, 2006, killing three people on the southern island of Kyūshū. The agency's records only go back to 1961, however. The previous deadliest tornado struck Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture in 1941, killing 12; and the deadliest killed 16 in Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture in 1881.[4]

The November tornado also took out power to approximately 600 homes and destroyed 40 separate buildings.[3] The meteorological agency estimates a wind speed for the tornado at more than F2 on the Fujita scale.[5] The tornado was later confirmed as an F3.

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  1. ^ "Deadly Storm Hits Town". Sky News. 2006-11-07. Archived from the original on 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2006-11-10.
  2. ^ http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200611090156.html
  3. ^ a b Mizoguchi, Kozo (2006-11-07). "Tornado in Japan kills 9, injures 25". Associated Press. Retrieved 2006-11-10.
  4. ^ Japanese Tornadoes Not As Uncommon as Believed Archived March 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Tornado-stricken town designated disaster area". Yomiuri Shimbun. 2006-11-09. Archived from the original on 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2006-11-10.

Coordinates: 43°58′47″N 143°42′19″E / 43.97960°N 143.70529°E / 43.97960; 143.70529