by Michael dEstries
Categories: People.

There aren’t many things worse than a tornado — unless it’s a tornado on fire.

Officially called “Fire Whirls”, these rotating flaming fingers of death are nothing to mess with. In In 1923, the Great Kanto earthquake in Tokyo set off a massive fire whirl that killed 38,000 people in some fifteen minutes.

In the Brazilian municipality of Aracatuba today, a fire whirl was caught on tape — the result of months of drought in the region combined with brush fires and strong, dry winds. Check it out below:

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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