Rare Tornadoes Tear Across Eastern Japan; Dozens Injured (Video)

Recovery and repair efforts continued throughout the day Tuesday, a day after tornadoes tore a path of destruction through eastern Japan on Monday.


Police in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, say that 63 people were reported injured. Kyodo News reported that the tornadoes toppled power lines, blew roofs off homes and sent debris flying, smashing windows at a nearby elementary school.


Six homes were totally destroyed in Saitama, and another 83 homes were partially damaged, police said.

Tornadoes are rare in Japan, due to the fact the nation is surrounded by ocean, which tends to stabilize the air. Between 1961 and 2010, an average of 15 tornadoes per year hit Japan, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Watch a compilation of tornado footage from Monday below:

Tornado in Japan at Saitama: