Does a Fire Tornado Sound Scary? It Should.

Does a Fire Tornado Sound Scary? It Should.

Though most of them last for only a few minutes, fire tornadoes move quickly and can cause massive destruction. They're capable of picking up cars and even houses as they spin across the landscape. However, they're more similar to dust devils than true tornadoes, as they result when hot, dry air rises from the ground. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 was all the more devastating because it caused a fire tornado, also known as a "dragon twist." The fire tornado was allegedly 90 meters tall, and killed 38,000 people or more.


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    Watch a fire tornado form in slow motion: (2:50)

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