In addition to its usual earthquakes, tsunami, eruptions, storms, floods and fallout, Japan has also suffered an unusually damaging tornado, devastating the city of Tsukuba.
The tornado struck the city of Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture, resulting in the death of a 14-year-old boy and injuring at least 40 residents.
The tornado also damaged or destroyed some 780 buildings, along with countless vehicles, as well as leaving large parts of the prefecture without power.
The Japan Meterological Agency has recorded an average of 13 tornadoes a year in Japan over the last few decades (compared to 1,000 a year in the US), but their size and intensity is usually only a fraction of those seen in North America, and they rarely strike cities.
The event was well photographed: