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6 May, 2012 13:54

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

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.