Heavy Snowfall Continues In Japan – 6 Dead As Snow Blankets Wide Areas Of Japan

Heavy snowfall continues in Japan (Ice Age Now, Dec 6, 2014):

20,000 homes without electricity.

6 dead as snow blankets wide areas of Japan (Ice Age Now, Dec 7, 2014):

Up to 116 cm (almost 4 feet) of snow in some areas

7 Dec 2014 – A total of six people have been confirmed dead after snow blanketed wide areas of Japan over the weekend, disrupting traffic and leaving about 1,200 people cut off, local authorities said.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, 116 cm of snow had fallen in the Sukayu area of Aomori Prefecture, 97 cm in the village of Okura in Yamagata Prefecture and 90 cm in the village of Shirakawa in Gifu Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

1200 people cut off

In mountainous areas of Tokushima Prefecture, about 1,200 people remained cut off as roads were blocked by fallen trees and rocks due to heavy snow. The Ground Self-Defense Force, which started to remove the snow and trees on Sunday, will continue to do so Monday.

A 76-year-old woman says it is the first time the area has experienced such a large snowfall.

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