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1 killed, 40 injured as tornados hit Ibaraki, Tochigi

A tornado that ripped through Ibaraki Prefecture in eastern Japan on Sunday, killing a teenage boy and injuring dozens of people, is believed to have left damage over a 15-kilometer swath about 500 meters wide, Manichi Shimbun said Monday.

The tornado and gusts in prefectures north of Tokyo including Ibaraki and Gunma have left 48 injured and caused damage to some 890 houses and buildings, according to fire department officials.

After the twister passed, Keisuke Suzuki, 14, died of suffocation after being crushed under his collapsed home in Tsukuba, police said.

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