Fire Tornado Whirles Around Australian Outback 2012
A fire tornado, also know as a fire devil, is caused when a column of warm, rising air comes into contact – or causes – a fire on the ground. These fire whirls are known to last for around two minutes on the very rare occasions they take place. But Mr Tangey found himself mesmerized by the tornado for more than 40 minutes.
He added: ‘I’ve been shooting in the outback for 23 years and I have never seen anything like it. We’ve heard about them but they’re never seen. ‘If I had known what was about to happen then I would have happily paid $1,000 to watch it. ‘At any time there were three different tornadoes, it just kept going and going for 40 minutes. ‘The whole experience was staggering and the length and variety were astonishing.’ Predictably, these rare spectacles are extremely dangerous.
In 1923, a fire whirl emerged during Japan’s Great Kanto Earthquake and killed 38,000 people in just 15 minutes.
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