Japan is hit by a simultaneous typhoon and EARTHQUAKE: Seven million people are told to evacuate as Hagibis reaches land with biggest storm in decades lashing the country at the same time as tremors rattle residents

Saturday, October 12, 2019
By Paul Martin

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck in Japan ahead of the Typhoon Hagibis making landfall on Honshu island
Heavy downpours and strong winds pounded the capital as the typhoon hit the south coast today
Around 7.3 million people have been told to evacuate as two were killed and more than 30 were injured
Japan Meteorological Agency said to ‘take all measures necessary to save lives’ and more rain is forecast
More than 180,000 people are without power and 20 inches of rain is forecast for Tokyo area in next 24 hours

12 October 2019

Seven million people have been told to evacuate in Japan as a typhoon forecast to be the nation’s most powerful in six decades made landfall on Honshu island.

Around 7.3 million people were placed under non-compulsory evacuation orders and more than 30 were injured after Typhoon Hagibis hit the south coast on Saturday.

Even before making landfall, Hagibis caused enormous disruption, forcing the cancellation of two Rugby World Cup matches, delaying the Japanese Grand Prix and grounding all flights in the Tokyo region.

It crashed into Japan’s main Honshu island at 7pm before barrelling into Izu, a peninsula southwest of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The storm claimed the first of two victims hours before arriving on the coast, when strong winds from its outer bands flipped a car in Chiba east of Tokyo and killed the driver.

But it was Hagibis’ torrential rain that prompted the JMA to issue its highest-level emergency warning for parts of Tokyo and the surrounding areas, warning of disaster.

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