Damage to buildings induced by a tornado in Saroma town, Hokkaido, on November 7, 2006: Damage characteristics of buildings in snowy cold regions based on field survey

Takuya Tsutsumi, Akihiro Takahashi, Sin Ichi Minami, Yasushi Uematsu

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Abstract

A tornado struck Wakasa Region of Saroma Town in Hokkaido on November 7, 2006. The tornado killed nine people and injured more than 30 people. Many buildings were collapsed or damaged by this tornado. The authors made a damage investigation just after the disaster. This paper presents the characteristics of the damage. It was found that completely and partially destroyed houses were all located along the track of the tornado. The roofs were flown off and walls and windows were broken by flying debris. The aspects of the building damage are closely related to the materials and method of construction typical of snowy cold regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-83
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Wind Engineering
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jul

Keywords

  • Damage to building
  • Tornado
  • Wind disaster

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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