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Typhoon and Earthquake Hits Japan

Japan (1)
Image credit: Kota Endo/ AFP/ CNN

On Tuesday, the powerful typhoon Jebi struck western Japan causing flooding due to the heavy rain and high winds, flooding the region’s main international airport and blowing a tanker to slam into its only access. This would disrupt all land and air travel throughout the area.

The typhoon initially made landfall on Japan’s southwestern island of Shikoku and then to Kobe on Honshu while Tokyo remained relatively unharmed, with some irregular gusts of wind and rain.

Typhoon Jebi is said to be the strongest typhoon to hit Japan since 1993. The typhoon left a series of damage and destruction, taking the lives of 11 people and injuring hundreds more. The storm headed north across a broad path of Japan’s main island of Honshu towards the Sea of Japan. It then headed off the coast of Fukui on Tuesday evening while sustaining winds of 126 KPH and gusts of 180 KPH.

In the city of Osaka, Kansai International airport was forced to shut down due to the heavy rains flooding one of its runways, cargo storage and other facilities. More than 700 flights were cancelled, leaving some stranded in the airport for the meantime. The High-speed bullet train from west Tokyo to Hiroshima was suspended as well.

Japan (2)
Image credit: Kentaro Ikushima/Mainichi Newspaper via AP/ CNN

A day after typhoon Jebi struck the western part of Japan, the northern island of Hokkaido was shocked by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake early on Thursday. The earthquake triggered a landslide, engulfing houses and injuring hundreds of people. A series of smaller shocks, including one 5.4 magnitude, followed the initial earthquake. Officials have warned residents to take precautions for any major aftershocks that could potentially hit in the coming days.

The earthquake caused a power outage all through Hokkaido, affecting the the High-speed bullet train and New Chitose Airport.

Efforts are being made to evacuate people from the highly affected areas. On Wednesday, boats and buses were ferrying people who didn’t want to stay in the airport to locations they were more comfortable in. More than 1.2 million people were advised to evacuate the Kansai area as Jebi approaches the industrial heartland.

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