Super typhoon Nanmadol hits southwestern Japan
Super typhoon Nanmadol made landfall in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, on Sunday morning.
The storm has brought gusts of up to 234 km/h (145 mph), and some areas were forecast 400 mm (16 inches) of rain in 24 hours. As a result, 9 million residents have been told to evacuate their homes and almost 350,000 homes are without power. Transport and business have been disrupted, and the country is braced for extensive flooding and landslides.
The recent forecast weakens Nanmadol to the equivalent of tropical storm strength and sends it northeast over the island nation from Nagasaki to Osaka to Sendal through mid-week.
Strong earthquake hits southern Taiwan
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the sparsely populated southeastern part of Taiwan on Sunday. The quake was the largest among dozens that have shook the island’s southeastern coast since Saturday evening, when a 6.4 quake struck the same area.
The quake could be felt across Taiwan, and buildings shook briefly in the capital Taipei and the southwestern city of Kaohsiung. Local officials have reported derailed train carriages, a toppled three-story building and a collapsed bridge, among other damage. More than 7,000 households were reported without power in Yuli, and water pipes were also damaged. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a warning for Taiwan after the tremor but later lifted the alert.
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