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2 dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Nearly a million more people are advised to leave their homes after the country's weather agency raised the alert to its highest level for parts of northern Kyushu

HEAVY RAINS. Pedestrians walk in floodwaters after heavy rains outside Saga station in the southwestern city of Saga on August 28, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Strong typhoon hits flood-hit western Japan

Aug 23, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Cimaron Cimaron is seen packing maximum gusts of 198 kilometer (123 miles) per hour as of the evening, bringing heavy winds and rain to the western region

Typhoon slams into Japan, approaches disaster-hit regions

Jul 28, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Typhoon Jongdari, packing winds of up to 180 kilometers an hour, makes landfall early Sunday morning. Areas recently devastated by floods and landslides are in the storm's cross-hairs.

BRACED. A woman protects herself from the rain with an umbrella in Tokyo on July 28, 2018, as the country braces for Typhoon Jongdari. Photo by Martin Bureau / AFP

Tokyo gets November snow for first time in 54 years

Nov 24, 2016 - 2:24 PM

The Japan Meteorological Agency says it is the first time snow had fallen in November in central Tokyo since 1962

Snow falls across the rooftops of residential buildings during the early morning hours in Tokyo on November 24, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Brrrr: Asia shivers, slips and slides in record low temperatures

Jan 25, 2016 - 2:26 PM

While the cold snap is by no means on the scale of the weather now affecting the snow bound eastern United States such temperatures are a novelty for many residents of the region

FROZEN. Ice forms on the roof of a bus stop on the slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong's highest peak in the New Territories, in Hong Kong, China, January 24, 2016. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hundreds trapped as floods sweep Japan

Sep 10, 2015 - 9:02 PM

UPDATED At least 12 people are missing after being swept away when the levee on the Kinugawa river gave way flooding an area that reports say spanned 32 square kilometers and included 6 500 homes

RESCUE. A local resident is rescued by a helicopter of the Gound Self Defense Force in a flooded area in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, on September 10, 2015. AFP Photo/Jiji Press

Floods spark evacuations as Japan is deluged

Sep 10, 2015 - 9:01 PM

The Japan Meteorological Agency issues special warnings for Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures north of Tokyo urging vigilance against mudslides and flooding

EVACUATION. Rescue workers transport evacuees in a rubber boat through floodwaters at Oyama in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo on September 10, 2015. Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP photo

Japan city flooded as raging river breaks its banks

Sep 10, 2015 - 12:28 PM

UPDATED Dramatic television footage shows a wall of muddy water gushing from the swollen Kinugawa river in Joso city north of Tokyo which is home to around 65 000 people

TYPHOON ETAU. A Japanese surfer watches high waves from Typhoon Etau hit a breakwater in Isumi city, Chiba prefecture, Japan, 09 September 2015. Photo by Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

Typhoon Goni slams into Japanese mainland

Aug 25, 2015 - 12:00 PM

The powerful storm hit southwestern Kumamoto prefecture at about 6 am local time 2100 GMT Monday Japan s weather agency says

GONI'S RAIN. Tourists with raincoats walk under the rain at International Street in Naha, in the Japanese southwestern island of Okinawa, August 24, 2015. Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Japan issues evacuation order after volcano erupts

May 29, 2015 - 10:16 AM

A plume of ash rockets into the air from Mount Shindake on the far southern island of Kuchinoerabu

Quake shakes buildings in Tokyo

May 25, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Scientist say there is no risk of a tsunami from the quake which had a magnitude of 5 6 according to an early record by the Japan Meteorological Agency

Dodong maintains strength; 3 areas under Signal No. 3

May 09, 2015 - 7:50 AM

UPDATED PAGASA expects the typhoon to hit land over the Isabela Cagayan area on Sunday early morning May 10 At least 23 other areas are also under storm signals

Typhoon Dodong maintains strength; landfall expected Sunday

May 08, 2015 - 5:48 PM

UPDATED Weather Philippines says the potential landfall area will likely be somewhere on the eastern shores of Isabela or Cagayan by Sunday May 10

Typhoon Dodong maintains strength

May 08, 2015 - 11:25 AM

PAGASA expects to raise public storm warning signal number 1 over Isabela Quirino Aurora Rizal Quezon and Nueva Ecija by Friday afternoon

Dodong maintains strength; 7 areas under Signal No. 1

May 07, 2015 - 6:14 PM

2nd UPDATE The typhoon has slowed down early Friday morning May 8 PAGASA expects to raise public storm warning signal number 1 over Quezon Aurora and Isabela by 11 am

Powerful quake hits Taiwan and Japan, tsunami warning lifted

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:10 AM

3RD UPDATE One man dies and another is hospitalized in a fire caused by the powerful quake

SHAKEN. Lu Pei-ling, deputy director of the Taiwanese Seismological Observation Center, points to a graph after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien, in Taipei, Taiwan, 20 Apriil 2015. David Chang/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Maysak, seen from space

Apr 01, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti posts haunting images of Maysak taken while aboard the International Space Station

State of emergency as Super Typhoon Maysak batters Micronesia

Apr 01, 2015 - 8:46 AM

Micronesia President: There is extensive damage to schools health facilities public utilities private residences and the sinking of several fishing passenger and dive ships

Maysak moves closer to PAR's eastern edge

Apr 01, 2015 - 7:50 AM

Typhoon Maysak strengthens further overnight Wednesday April 1 as it moves closer to the eastern edge of the Philippine Area of Responsibility

THREAT. MTSAT-Floater visible image of Typhoon Maysak as of March 31, 2015, 23:01 UTC (April 1, 2015, 7:01 PH time). Image courtesy NOAA

Maysak now a super typhoon, to weaken as it enters PAR

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:03 PM

The typhoon is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday evening April 1 or Thursday morning April 2 and will be named Chedeng

Minor tsunami hits Japan after undersea quake

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:27 AM

UPDATED An official tells a Tokyo news conference that geologists regard the quake as an aftershock of the 2011 earthquake

Up to 11 dead in Japan snow storms

Dec 19, 2014 - 1:34 PM

The northern and central parts of Japan are lashed by strong winds dumping huge quantities of snow over the last few days disrupting travel and cutting off isolated communities

SNOW STORM. A handout picture dated 17 December 2014 shows a Japan Coast Guard vessel anchored at a port during a storm in Nemuro on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. A blizzard pummeled the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on 18 December, killing one woman and bringing the region's traffic to a standstill, local media reported. Kushiro Shimbun/EPA

Heavy snow kills 5, disrupts travel in Japan

Dec 18, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Japan s residents prepare for more snow to head to the country as 5 people are reported to have died in a number of accidents

Hagupit now a typhoon, still outside PAR

Dec 03, 2014 - 12:23 AM

UPDATED US Joint Typhoon Warning Center Japan Meteorological Agency PAGASA all upgrade Hagupit to typhoon status

HAGUPIT. Photo from JTWC.

Typhoon Vongfong slams into Japan

Oct 13, 2014 - 8:09 AM

UPDATED Winds of up to 180 kilometers 112 miles per hour whipped ashore as the typhoon made landfall in Makurazaki on Kyushu island at around 8:30 am local time

Huge waves generated by typhoon Vongfong hit the coast in Yomitan village, on the island of Okinawa, southern Japan, 12 October 2014. Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Japan braces for powerful typhoon Vongfong

Oct 10, 2014 - 1:46 PM

Packing gusts of up to 252 kilometers per hour the typhoon is heading to the southern Okinawa island chain at a speed of 10 kilometers per hour

VONGFONG. This October 9, 2014, infrared satellite image from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Super Typhoon Vongfong in the western Pacific Ocean. NOAA/AFP Photo

Rainy Friday for PH as Ompong heads north

Oct 10, 2014 - 7:56 AM

An intertropical zone is still affecting Visayas and Mindanao causing rainshowers and thunderstorms in various locales

Typhoon Ompong slightly weakens

Oct 09, 2014 - 5:36 PM

An intertropical convergence zone is affecting Visayas and Mindanao

MTSAT ENHANCED IR satellite image, 5 pm, October 9. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Ompong turns north, targets Japan

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:33 AM

Slow moving typhoon Ompong Vongfong – moving at a pace of 9 km h – is going north northwest towards the southern Japanese islands

Typhoon Vongfong (Ompong), satellite image as of 9 Oct 2014. Image courtesy US NOAA

Typhoon Ompong maintains strength

Oct 08, 2014 - 5:54 PM

An intertropical convergence zone is affecting Visayas and Mindanao

MTSAT ENHANCED IR satellite image, 5 pm, October 8. Image courtesy of PAGASA

'Super typhoon' Ompong targets Japan

Oct 08, 2014 - 12:35 PM

UPDATED Ompong Vongfong is so far the strongest storm this year and the strongest since Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan ; thankfully it is not going towards PH

Typhoon Vongfong (Ompong), satellite image as of 8 Oct 2014. Image courtesy US NOAA

Japan typhoon death toll rises to 6: reports

Oct 07, 2014 - 2:11 PM

The death toll from a typhoon that pounded Japan this week has risen to 6 while 5 other people including 2 US serviceman remain missing

A businessman is struggling with his umbrella broken by wind, against heavy rain in Tokyo, Japan, 06 October 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Typhoon Phanfone makes landfall in central Japan

Oct 06, 2014 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED The storm has already left 4 people dead or missing including three US military officials according to Japanese police and coast guards

NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of Typhoon Phanfone and its large eye in the western Pacific Ocean on Friday, Oct. 3 at 1:55 UTC. Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Typhoon Halong leaves up to 10 dead in Japan – reports

Aug 11, 2014 - 1:00 PM

The storm was moving over the Sea of Japan East Sea Monday morning after making landfall on the largest and most populous island of Honshu over the weekend

BATTERED. Waves driven by Typhoon Halong crashing onto a torii gate shrine in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, Japan, 10 August 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Half a million told to evacuate as heavy rain hits Japan

Aug 04, 2014 - 6:58 PM

Very heavy rain is expected to fall in western Japan mainly on the island of Shikoku until Tuesday noon the Japan Meteorological Agency notes

Japan braced for more aftershocks of giant 2011 quake

Jul 12, 2014 - 1:32 PM

The strong 6 8 magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan on Saturday July 12 caused a minor tsunami in the early hours

Typhoon Neoguri brushes by Tokyo

Jul 11, 2014 - 7:35 AM

The impact of the typhoon on traffic in the capital appears limited with train and flight services scheduled to run as normal during the morning rush hour

NEOGURI. Aerial picture taken and provided on 10 July 2014 by the Chubu Regional Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLTI) shows aftermaths of a landslide in Nagiso town, Nagano prefecture, central Japan. Chubu Regional Bureau MLTI/EPA

Typhoon Neoguri bears down on Japanese mainland

Jul 09, 2014 - 1:16 PM

The typhoon could hit the southern main island of Kyushu as early as Thursday July 10 before moving east along the Japanese archipelago

TYPHOON DAMAGE. A reporter stands next to a wooden house hosting a restaurant obstructing a street after it collapsed due to the strong generated by typhoon Neoguri in Matsugawa district of Naha city, on the island of Okinawa, southern Japan, 08 July 2014. Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Moderate 5.6 quake hits northern Japan

Jul 08, 2014 - 6:03 PM

The epicenter of the quake was located inland of northernmost Hokkaido at a depth of 37 kilometers 23 miles close to the region s capital city Sapporo

Neoguri: Japan on highest typhoon alert

Jul 08, 2014 - 7:25 AM

UPDATED Neoguri already downgraded is still posing a threat to Okinawa with 480 000 people urged to evacuate as Japan s weather agency issues its highest alert

PACIFIC MONSTER. The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this visible image of Typhoon Neoguri on July 5 at 01:20 UTC (July 4 at 9:20 p.m. EDT) as it moved through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Apr 03, 2014 - 7:47 AM

Small tsunami waves of about 20 centimeters hit Japan following an earthquake in Chile

MINOR TSUNAMI. Japan is hit by 20-centimeter waves following an 8.2-magnitude quake in Chile

Yolanda to be retired as typhoon name (and other trivia)

Nov 23, 2013 - 8:15 AM

A typhoon s name is retired from PAGASA s list once it causes at least 300 deaths or P1B worth of damage in crops and infrastructure

New storm coming to PH this week

Nov 05, 2013 - 1:30 PM

Tropical Storm Haiyan will be named Yolanda once it enters PAR; Could make landfall Friday in the Samar Leyte area

INCOMING STORM. Satellite image for Haiyan as of 4:30 UTC (12:30 pm Manila time) November 5, 2013. Image courtesy NOAA

7.1-magnitude quake hits Japan

Oct 26, 2013 - 2:30 AM

3rd UPDATE Tsunamis of up to 40 cm are reported Saturday in the same area where 18 000 died in a magnitude 9 0 tremor in 2011 but the tsunami advisory is lifted less than two hours after the quake

Typhoon Man-yi hits Japan, 3 dead

Sep 17, 2013 - 8:26 AM

Man yi forces the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the ocean

MAN-YI. Tropical Storm Man-yi covered two-thirds of Japan's main island Honshu when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead and captured a visible image on Sept. 16 at 0140 UTC/Sept. 15 at 9:40 p.m. EDT. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Japan tells 300,000 households to evacuate as typhoon hits

Sep 16, 2013 - 2:53 PM

The typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi Aichi prefecture shortly before 8 am 7 am Manila time packing gusts of up to 162 kilometers 100 miles per hour

MAN-YI ARRIVES. Pedestrians walk against strong wind and rain in Tokyo on September 16, 2013. AFP / Yoshikazu Tsuno

Typhoon Man-yi hits Japan

Sep 16, 2013 - 7:22 AM

UPDATED It was on a direct course to hit southern parts of the main island Honshu Monday morning possibly around 9 am local time in Shizuoka prefecture

MIGHTY MAN-YI. NASA's Terra satellite observed two vortices circling a larger center of newborn Tropical Storm Man-yi on Sept. 13 at 01:15 UTC. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Typhoon Man-yi heads for Japan

Sep 15, 2013 - 1:01 PM

The storm located in Pacific waters south of Japan was packing gusts up to 126 kilometers 78 miles per hour and moving north northwest

MIGHTY MAN-YI. NASA's Terra satellite observed two vortices circling a larger center of newborn Tropical Storm Man-yi on Sept. 13 at 01:15 UTC. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Japan heatwave sees record temperatures

Aug 12, 2013 - 6:53 PM

Japan temperatures hit a record 41 degrees Celsius Monday after at least 9 people died from heatstroke over the weekend

Heatwave kills 4 in Japan

Aug 11, 2013 - 4:38 PM

The temperature tops 40°C 104°F in 2 cities leaving at least 4 people dead over the weekend