Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits


Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits

Japan's military scrambled Sunday to rescue people trapped by flooding after powerful Typhoon Hagibis ripped across the country, killing at least 19 people and leaving more than a dozen missing.

According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA), the typhoon, whose name means "speed" in the Filipino language, arrived in Japan just before 7 PM local time, making its landfall at the Izu peninsula, near Tokyo.

Many took to social media to share photos of the purple sky, the result of a phenomenon known as scattering, which often precedes a typhoon or hurricane. "Looks peaceful but it's actually an indication that the storm is coming #PrayforJapan", one person wrote on Twitter.

Meteorologist Lauren Rautenkranz explained scattering following Hurricane Michael in the USA past year.

Rie Hasegawa, a woman in her 30s, said she never imagined her landlocked town would face a water-related disaster, recounting how shocked she was at how fast it all happened.

Normally our eyes can only detect blue because violet is the shortest wavelength in the colour spectrum.

Over six million people across Japan's main island of Honshu have been advised to evacuate.

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With dramatic timing, a magnitude 5.7 natural disaster additionally struck off the coast of Chiba - and was felt in Tokyo - shortly earlier than the storm's arrival, though there have been no accidents or tsunami warnings.

A auto is seen partially submerged in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, near the Tama River in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13.

"We can hear an infernal din from the rain and the wind, and a fragment of the roof has gone".

In Fukushima, north of the capital, Tokyo Electric Power Co reported irregular readings from sensors monitoring water in its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant overnight.

Ten people have been killed in areas including the Chiba, Gunma, Kanagawa and Fukushima prefectures surrounding Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK said on Sunday.

Damaged houses in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture.

On Sunday morning, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was praying for those who were affected by the storm.

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"Damage from floods and landslides is likely taking place already", an agency official told a news conference carried by NHK.

The Scottish Rugby Union said they would pursue legal action if the governing body did not take measures to move the game away from Hagibis's path of destruction - a move that sparked an angry response from World Rugby as they criticised Murrayfield chief executive Mark Dodson.

More than 1,600 flights have been cancelled and train services suspended. It made landfall on Saturday on Japan's East coast, striking with consistent winds at about 100 miles (160 km) per hour and gusts of up to 135 mph (217 km/h).

Formula One Grand Prix organisers had also cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled yesterday.

Rugby World Cup organizers chose to go ahead with three out of four games scheduled for Sunday, including a closely watched contest between Japan and Scotland.

While authorities made it clear that the decision to cancel games was necessary to ensure the safety of players and fans, many were critical of the tournament's inability to reschedule games and apparent unpreparedness for the extreme weather - despite the World Cup being held during typhoon season.

However, while Scotland and Japan will get to decide their fate on the pitch, Namibia and Canada's meeting in Kamaishi was cancelled after landslides and flooding hit areas near the Recovery Memorial Stadium.

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World Rugby later announced that the Wales-Uruguay clash in Kumamoto, in Japan's far southwest, and USA-Tonga in Hanazono near Osaka, would be played as scheduled.

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