As if vacationers didn’t have enough natural disasters to worry about, a fire tornado stopped traffic for a few minutes in Aracatuba, a city in Northwest Brazil. Fire tornadoes, also known as fire whirls or fire devils, are extremely rare but can last up to 20 minutes. The Brazil fire tornado was caused by brush fires brought on by a three-month drought.
Videos of the fiery phenomenon quickly went viral on the internet:
Earlier this month, a fire tornado was also caught on tape by state officials on Hawaii’s Big Island. The Hawaii fire tornado started amidst brush fires that have destroyed around 1,400 acres, but luckily no one was injured.
Fire tornadoes form when a column of warm, rising air is enveloped by flames. They can grow up to a kilometer tall and contain winds of up to 100mph. While they’re probably less of a travel threat than a prolonged eruption of volcanic ash, they have been extremely destructive in the past. The most devastating fire tornado in recorded history occurred in 1923 during the Great Kanto earthquake in Tokyo, killing 38,000 people in 15 minutes.
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