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Rare tornado rips through east Russia, kills one (VIDEO)

August 1, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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A small but feisty tornado zapped the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk on Sunday, reportedly killing one person and harming 28 others.

A small but feisty tornado zipped through the eastern Russia city of Blagoveshchensk on Sunday, reportedly killing one person and harming 28 others. Blagoveshchensk, which means "good news" according to Lonely Planet, is the administrative headquarters of a Russian region that runs along the Amur River bordering China.

Russia Today reported that the twister peeled the roofs from houses, turned over vehicles and uprooted trees. It is almost see-through in the below video, but nonetheless shows off a significant power when it flings debris like a petulant child and stomps on electrical lines.

The vast majority of Russia is not used to tornadoes, as you can see in this graphic from NOAA. Says Irish Weather Online:

Significant tornadoes in Europe are rare, but there have been several disasters involving tornadoes in Russia in modern history. In June 1904, at least 30 people were killed when two tornadoes moved through Moscow, while three powerful tornadoes in June 1984 killed more than 400 people in Belyanitsky, Ivanovo and Balino in western Russia.

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