KUMAMOTO -- A natural phenomenon that appears to have been a tornado was sighted in the southwestern Japan town of Ozu, Kumamoto Prefecture, at around 5 p.m. on Sept. 30, according to an Oct. 1 announcement by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)'s Kumamoto Meteorological Office.
The meteorological office dispatched a mobile observation team to the site on Oct. 1, where Yusuke Hata, who works at the nearby Kumamoto Airport, handed officials footage showing what appears to be dust swirling. They also gathered testimony from nearby residents, among whom some reported seeing a "swirling flow of air."
At the time the tornado is said to have taken place on Sept. 30, active cumulonimbus clouds were passing nearby, and the meteorological office believes that a tornado or funnel cloud was produced. No damage to buildings has been reported.
(Japanese original by Takehiro Higuchi, Kumamoto Bureau)