Powerful winds whip Japan, causing injuries, transport chaos

Oct 2, 2015

Powerful winds whip Japan, causing injuries, transport chaos

Buildings collapsed and injuries were reported as strong winds, brought by a low-pressure weather system, lashed Japan on Friday. The weather also caused chaos for several transport systems across the country. About 100 people were evacuated from their homes in parts of Hokkaido, including ...

How Japan's devastating rainstorm came about

Sep 10, 2015

How Japan's devastating rainstorm came about

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Torrential rain that caused flooding and the evacuations of tens of thousands of people across the Kanto region on Thursday was the result of a mass of humid air unable to escape the area, a pileup of thunderclouds — and possibly climate change, experts ...

Aug 17, 2015

Heavy rain warning issued for wide areas of Japan

The Meteorological Agency warned Monday of heavy rain in eastern and western Japan through Tuesday, calling for caution against possible flooding. On Monday, hourly rainfall reached 76.0 mm in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, and 58.0 mm in Aisai, Aichi Prefecture. The Hiroshima Municipal Government issued ...

Flash floods hit Greece, Albania, force evacuations

Feb 2, 2015

Flash floods hit Greece, Albania, force evacuations

Flash floods caused by heavy rain have hit northwestern Greece and southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers Sunday and destroying a famous 18th-century stone bridge. No casualties were reported in either country. Heavy rain began Saturday in the northwestern Greek province ...

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

Sep 16, 2014

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

Hurricane Odile hammered Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula overnight, damaging homes and tearing away the facades of luxury resorts, shattering countless car and hotel windows and leaving lobbies swamped and full of debris on Monday. The storm, which made landfall near Cabo San Lucas the ...

Aug 22, 2014

Improving disaster preparedness

Japan's municipal authorities must examine why their collective past experience with torrential rains failed to prevent the deaths of dozens of people in mudslides that engulfed hilly residential areas of Hiroshima early Wednesday.

Landslide warning issued after record downpours

Aug 18, 2014

Landslide warning issued after record downpours

The Meteorological Agency is calling for continued caution Monday morning against possible landslides in areas across Japan hit by torrential rain over the weekend. A weather front brought intermittent rain in wide areas of Japan, battering especially Kyoto and Gifu prefectures, where precipitation amounted ...

Heavy rain warning issued for typhoon-hit Izu-Oshima Island

Oct 20, 2013

Heavy rain warning issued for typhoon-hit Izu-Oshima Island

A heavy rain warning was issued for the Izu-Oshima Island on Sunday, after residents were earlier advised to take shelter amid fears of another landslide disaster following last week’s powerful typhoon. As of Sunday evening, the 27th typhoon of the year was barreling north ...