Powerful Typhoon Roke hits Japan- heavy flooding, 6 dead

September 21, 2011TOKYO – A powerful typhoon has struck disaster-ravaged Japan, bringing heavy rains and floods that have killed four people. Typhoon Roke is on course to hit Fukushima, where engineers are still struggling to bring a nuclear plant under control after the March tsunami. There are concerns that rain could force radioactive water into the sea. Across Japan more than a million people were urged to evacuate their homes; an advisory was later lifted in one area but 330,000 people remain at risk. The typhoon made landfall on Wednesday afternoon (0500GMT), scouring its way up the main island of Honshu, bringing high winds and torrential rain. The storm is tracking a path across Tokyo towards Fukushima prefecture and is then expected to travel up along the north-east coast, which was battered by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami. The BBC’s Roland Buerk in Tokyo says pools of radioactive water remain at the Fukushima nuclear site, and there is concern that a heavy downpour could cause them to overflow into the sea or groundwater. Four people have been found dead after heavy rain and flooding in central and western Japan due to the storm’s approach. Several motorways have been closed and hundreds of flights cancelled. Car maker Toyota is suspending production at 11 of its 15 factories. Japan’s Meteorological Agency has urged “the highest level of caution be used because of the heavy rain, strong wind, and high waves.” The agency has warned of downpours over a wide area of the country on Wednesday, saying some places could be deluged by as much as 50mm of rain in an hour. This is the second time in less than a month that Japan is being lashed by a typhoon. –BBC
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7 Responses to Powerful Typhoon Roke hits Japan- heavy flooding, 6 dead

  1. Bundy says:

    How can these poor people stand it,life would be such a struggle now.


  2. nickk0 says:

    “Typhoon Roke is on course to hit Fukushima, where engineers are still struggling to bring a nuclear plant under control after the March tsunami. There are concerns that rain could force radioactive water into the sea. ”

    Maybe this is what needs to happen, to make Japan and the rest of the world realize, that Fukushima is an INTERNATIONAL problem, and not just a localized, Japanese one.

    This is now an International problem, and it will require an International response, to shut down the radioactive leakage….. not just a Japanese response.

    – Nick


  3. luisport says:

    Magnitude mb 5.2
    Date time 2011-09-21 13:31:02.5 UTC
    Location 36.99 N ; 140.32 E
    Depth 40 km
    Distances 47 km S Koriyama (pop 340,560 ; local time 22:31:02.5 2011-09-21)
    17 km E Nasu (pop 27,076 ; local time 22:31:02.5 2011-09-21)


  4. Yamkin says:

    1 Million Evacuated, Typhoon Battered Japan……….
    Japan has been hit by one natural disaster after another, since a powerful earthquake and tsunami killed more than 20,000 people. Typhoon Roke comes just weeks after Typhoon Talas killed 67 people, and left dozens of others injured in central Japan………


  5. My prayers for these people. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning.



  6. J Guffey says:

    So sad, they have endured so much already.

    Near the end of the video, I got a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. Over the last couple of years I have had several dreams of driving down the highway and all of a sudden (sometimes before I could stop in time), the roadway disappeared under floodwaters.


  7. brandeditems8 says:

    What a terrible tragedy! My condolences to all their families. How much more sad devastation are these people willing to endure to stay on this rock? I know they are a great people and it’s their home,but they really need to move away,


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