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300,000 central Japan households told to evacuate as Typhoon Man-yi hits

Typhoon Man-yi hit central Japan Monday, with almost 300,000 households told to evacuate and fears the storm could go on to hit the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, shortly before 8:00 am (2300 GMT Sunday), packing gusts of up to 162 kilometres (100…

Heavy rain leaves one dead, two missing in Japan

Heavy rains lashed Japan over the weekend, leaving one person dead and two missing, the government said on Monday as it issued a severe storm warning. A 79-year-old woman was confirmed dead Sunday after being discovered inside a house that was destroyed by mudslides in Yamaguchi prefecture, on Japan’s southwest…

Quake rocks Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant

TOKYO — A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook an area of northeast Japan which includes the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant Thursday but there were no reports of damage to the facility, officials said. The moderate quake struck offshore near the coast of Fukushima at 7:05 pm (1005 GMT) with a “very…

Japan warns one million to evacuate as typhoon nears

More than a million people in Japan were warned to leave their homes on Tuesday as an approaching typhoon brought heavy rain and floods which left three dead or missing. Typhoon Roke, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres (89 miles) an hour near its centre, could land in central…

Strong 5.9 quake jolts Japan disaster zone

TOKYO — A 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Japan Friday, jolting the area devastated by a quake and tsunami in March, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warning. The quake hit at 3:22 am (1822 GMT Thursday) at a depth of 38 kilometres (24…

Three dead as heavy rains lash Japan

Heavy rains continued to lash northeastern Japan on Sunday with the death toll rising to three in the hardest-hit region of Niigata, police and medical officials said. Three others were missing in Niigata and Fukushima, the latter of which was ravaged on March 11 by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami…

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