Aug 09

Typhoon Soudelor cuts power to 1 million in southern China (Los Angeles, Aug 8, 2015):

After leaving a trail of death and destruction in Taiwan, Typhoon Soudelor crashed into southern China’s Fujian province late Saturday, leaving more than 1 million people without power and prompting the evacuation of 160,000.

Six deaths and 185 injuries were linked to Soudelor in Taiwan, where the storm made landfall before dawn Saturday, bringing winds up to 150 mph and torrential rain. Four people were still missing early Sunday. Continue reading »

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Dec 09

Philippine rescuers struggle to reach villages after typhoon ‘folded homes like paper‘ (Reuters, Dec 9, 2014):

Philippine emergency workers were struggling on Tuesday to reach coastal villages on an island hardest hit by a typhoon where thousands of homes have been wrecked by powerful winds and a storm surge rising three to four meters (10 to 13 feet).

Nearly 13,000 houses were crushed and more than 22,300 damaged on the eastern island of Samar, where Typhoon Hagupit made landfall on Saturday and made slow progress across the country, officials said.

The Philippine weather bureau lifted all storm alerts after Hagupit, one of several typhoons to hit the tropical archipelago each year, was downgraded to a tropical depression and headed west towards Vietnam. Continue reading »

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Dec 06

Philippines typhoon forces millions to leave homes (PressTV, Dec 5, 2014):

Millions of people in the eastern parts of the Philippines have been forced to evacuate their homes ahead of the arrival of the massive Typhoon Hagupit.

“All resources are being mobilized,” regional civil defense director Bernardo Alejandro said, adding that evacuations began on Friday with local government and military trucks deployed to transport people to the shelters.

Authorities said more than 500,000 families with as many as 2.5 million people would be evacuated from the eastern province of Samar and sheltered in churches, schools and other makeshift evacuation centers. Continue reading »

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Oct 13

Typhoon winds up to 110 mph to hit Fukushima Daiichi, storm surge advisory issued — Nearly all gov’t forecasts show eye passing right over plant — Nuclear Expert: Expect radioactive material washing into Pacific Ocean (MAPS) (ENENews, Oct 12, 2014):

Japan Meteorological Agency forecast for Typhoon Vongfong, Oct. 12, 2014 at 6:50a UTC:


Forecast tracks show the center of Typhoon Vongfong over Fukushima Daiichi on Tuesday morning Oct. 14 (Japan, U.S., Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and ensemble), Oct. 12, 2014:

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Oct 11

Super Typhoon Vongfong
This image of Super Typhoon Vongfong using NASA’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), obtained October 8, 2014 (AFP Photo / NOAA / NASA / RAMMB /CIRA)

Strongest storm of 2014 as seen by NASA astronaut (PHOTO) (RT, Oct 9, 2014):

NASA astronaut has posted the photo of the biggest 2014 storm on Earth from the International Space Station. Typhoon Vongfong is heading to Japan coast and is as powerful as the Haiyan storm that killed thousands of people in 2013.

As of Thursday Vongfong winds were as strong as 105 knots (194.46 km/h) and gust up to 150 knots (277.8 km/h), with wave height reaching 15.25 m. It is expected to be to 260 km/h in the coming days. Typhoons graduate to ‘super’ status when winds reach 150 mph (241 km/h).

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who is a member of the 41st expedition to the ISS, has posted a photo of the typhoon in his Twitter account.

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Oct 06

Officials: Typhoon triggers alarm at Fukushima plant — Warning of leakage at Reactor No. 1 turbine building — Leak then detected at Reactor No. 3 — Camera captures images of water pouring in after “very heavy rain” — Powerful storm still packing gusts of up to 180 km/hr off Fukushima coast (ENENews, Oct 6, 2014):

NHK WORLD, Oct 6, 2014: Rain flows into Fukushima nuclear plant — [TEPCO] says rainwater has flowed into some of the buildings at the facility. A typhoon brought very heavy rain to Fukushima on Monday. [TEPCO] says an alarm on Monday morning warned of a water leak in the turbine building of the No.1 reactor. Workers found rainwater pouring into the building from an exterior pipe. TEPCO officials say a water leak was also detected at the No.3 reactor building, adding that a camera captured images of rainwater pouring in. The officials say no radioactive water has been leaked outside. Continue reading »

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Oct 05

Typhoon heads to Tokyo after killing US airman (The Guardian/AP, Oct 5, 2014):

A powerful typhoon was heading toward Tokyo on Sunday after lashing southern Japan, where it killed at least one U.S. airman on Okinawa island and left two others missing, officials said.

Typhoon Phanfone was off the coast of Shikoku in southwestern Japan on Sunday night, packing winds of up to 144 kilometers (90 miles) per hour after hitting the southern regions of Okinawa and Kyushu, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.

Three U.S. Air Force members were washed away by high waves Sunday, with one found dead and the other two still missing, Japan’s coast guard said. Tsuguyoshi Miyagi, an official at the coast guard’s Okinawa branch, said the airmen were on the island’s northern coast. Continue reading »

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Jul 09

CNN: 45 ft. waves off Japan coast from massive typhoon — Storm Chaser: “Biggest I’ve ever seen… absolutely overwhelming” — Official: “Rains on an unseen scale” — “High danger of landslides” — Record rainfall up to 16 inches already — Astronaut: “Neoguri has been literally cut in half… Unreal” (VIDEO) (ENENews, July 9, 2014):

Weather Channel, July 9, 2014: […] torrential rains have moved in with feeder bands in the wake of Neoguri’s passage. Rainfall totals of 13 to 16 inches were reported at several locations on [Okinawa] as of 7:40 a.m. local time Wednesday.

Japan Times, July 9, 2014: Authorities warned of record rainfall in Okinawa as some rivers overflowed. Continue reading »

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Jul 08

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A super typhoon with destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges is heading to the Japanese island of Okinawa – READ MORE

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Jul 08

Officials tell the public to take shelter as Okinawa is battered by winds of more than 150mph and 46-ft-high waves

Typhoon Neoguri pounds Japan as 500,000 are advised to leave homes (Guardian, July 8, 2014):

A powerful typhoon is pounding the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa, with residents taking refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges.

Airports closed and residents were evacuated from low-lying areas and shorelines as typhoon Neoguri passed through Okinawa, with sustained wind speeds of 108 miles (175km) an hour and gusts of up to 154mph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Continue reading »

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Jul 08


Japan on highest alert for ‘once in decades’ typhoon — New forecasts show direct hit at Fukushima plant — Official: “Extraordinary situation… Grave danger approaching” — Record-level winds to 170mph, waves near 50ft — Military: “Can’t stress enough how dangerous… not just another typhoon” — Astronaut: It “takes up our entire view… Wow” (PHOTOS) (ENENews, July 8, 2014):

TIME, July 7, 2014: A “once in decades” storm is approaching Japan’s southern islands with winds up to 150 mph, the country’s weather agency said […] The Japan Meteorological Agency [predicted] the super typhoon will grow into an “extremely intense” storm by Tuesday. “In these regions, there is a chance of the kinds of storms, high seas, storm surges and heavy rains that you’ve never experienced before,” a JMA official said […] “This is an extraordinary situation, where a grave danger is approaching.”

Weather Channel, July 7, 2014 at 10:30p ET (emphasis added): […] sustained winds of 198 kilometers (123 miles) per hour and gusts up to 270 kph (168 mph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said [and] could be one of the strongest to hit Japan in decades, generating waves up to 14 meters (46 feet) high. “There is a risk of unprecedentedly strong winds and torrential rains” […] Agency official Satoshi Ebihara told reporters at a news conference. […] The storm’s slow movement could add to the potential damage […] leaders held an emergency meeting and urged local governments and residents to take maximum precautions.

Brigadier General James Hecker, July 6, 2014: “I can’t stress enough how dangerous this typhoon may be when it hits Okinawa […] This is not just another typhoon.”

Tweet from astronaut Reid Wiseman aboard the International Space Station: Typhoon Neoguri nearing Japan. Takes up our entire view. Wow.

Tweet from astronaut Reid Wiseman aboard the International Space Station: Typhoon Neoguri nearing Japan. Takes up our entire view. Wow

AFP, July 7, 2014 at 7:00p ET: [Japan’s] weather agency issued its highest alert. The top-level warning means a threat to life, as well as the risk of massive damage […] for Okinawa’s main island, home to around 1.2 million […] “Record-level violent winds and high waves are posing a serious danger to the Miyako island region,” Satoshi Ebihara, the Japanese weather agency’s chief forecaster, told an evening news conference. […] massive gusts and torrential rains will possibly reach mainland Japan by Wednesday […] The storm could affect an area with a 500-kilometre radius.

Watch the JMA forecast here (click ‘Play’ next to ‘Animation’)


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Jul 07

Super-typhoon Neoguri, with gusts of up to 270km per hour, expected to hit southernmost subtropical island chain early Tuesday, possibly reaching mainland Japan by Wednesday
Typhoon Neoguri, the first super typhoon of 2014
Satellite image by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showing typhoon Neoguri, the first super-typhoon of 2014 heading towards Japan. Photograph: NOAA/EPA

Super-typhoon Neoguri approaches Japan’s Okinawa islands (Guardian, July 7, 2014):

Super-typhoon Neoguri is approaching Japan’s Okinawa islands, bringing strong winds and torrential rains.

Gusts of up to 270km per hour (160 miles per hour) are expected to slam into the southernmost subtropical island chain early Tuesday, and may reach mainland Japan by Wednesday. The storm could be one of the worst in decades, the national weather agency said. Continue reading »

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Nov 29

Typhoons spread Fukushima fallout, study warns (France24/AFP, Nov 28, 2013):

Typhoons that hit Japan each year are helping spread radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the country’s waterways, researchers say.Contaminated soil gets washed away by the high winds and rain and deposited in streams and rivers, a joint study by France’s Climate and Environmental Science laboratory (LSCE) and Tsukuba University in Japan showed.

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Nov 12

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines declares state of calamity (BBC News, Nov 12, 2013):

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity to speed relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

In a statement, he said the two worst affected provinces, Leyte and Samar, had suffered massive destruction and loss of life.

Thousands of survivors are still desperately waiting for the aid effort to reach them.

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Nov 12

Corpses rot everywhere as Philippine typhoon survivors beg for help (CBS News, Nov 12, 2013):

Bloated bodies lie in the streets, in front of houses, on bridges, in the water, wherever the giant wall of water happened to dump them when Typhoon Haiyan hit.

The desperate survivors scrounging for food amid the mountains of debris use cloth to shield their noses from the overpowering stench of rotting corpses. Some relatives have been trying to bury their dead, but in too many cases, there is no one to cart away the corpses littering the city of Tacloban, which was all but decimated by on one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall.

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Nov 11

If ever you’ll find yourself in a situation where you do not have access to clean drinking water, then you can …

“Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.”
Proverbs 5:15

“Rivers of living water shall flow from your bellies.”
John 7:38:

Yes, you can safely drink your urine (= Shivambu = “Water of Shiva”) and even even heal yourself from all kinds of diseases.

Special forces and the Navy have been told to drink it in cases of emergency.

The former PM of India late Sri Morarji Desai (1896–1995) has also been paracticing urine therapy and has written the book Miracles of Urine Therapy (Price: $6.50).

Urine is (normally) more sterile than distilled water and absolutely safe to drink.

Drink it and you’ll survive, where others will perish.

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines destruction ‘absolute bedlam’ (BBC News, Nov 11, 2013):

The head of the Red Cross in the Philippines has described the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan as “absolute bedlam”.

Officials estimate up to 10,000 people have died in Tacloban city and hundreds elsewhere. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced.

The typhoon flattened homes, schools and an airport.

It has since made landfall in northern Vietnam, near the Chinese border, where it has weakened to a tropical storm.


Four million people have been affected in the Philippines, and many are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water.

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Nov 10

Survivors ‘walk like zombies’ after Philippine typhoon kills estimated 10,000 (Reuters, Nov 10, 2013):

One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, a senior police official said on Sunday, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region’s main city.

Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday, said police chief superintendent Elmer Soria.

As rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged villages along the coast, where the death toll is as yet unknown, survivors foraged for food as supplies dwindled or searched for lost loved ones.

“People are walking like zombies looking for food,” said Jenny Chu, a medical student in Leyte. “It’s like a movie.”

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Nov 09

Red Cross Fears 1000 Deaths in Philippine Typhoon (New York Times, Nov 8, 2013):

MANILA — The powerful typhoon that swept across the Philippines on Friday cut a path of destruction though several central islands, leaving the seaside city of Tacloban in ruins and leading to early, unconfirmed estimates of at least 1,200 dead.

Strong winds from the typhoon hit a coastal town in Laguna Province. More than 700,000 evacuated ahead of the storm.

Although the government said it could confirm only about 140 deaths so far, the Red Cross in Manila said its people on the ground were reporting an estimated 1,000 deaths on Leyte Island, where Tacloban is, and about 200 from the neighboring island of Samar.

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Nov 08

One of world’s strongest storms hits Philippines (CBS News, Nov 8, 2013):

One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, killing at least four people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and knocking out power and communications in several provinces. But the nation appeared to avoid a major disaster because the rapidly moving typhoon blew away before wreaking more damage, officials said.Typhoon Haiyan raced across a string of islands from east to west – Samar, Leyte, Cebu and Panay – and lashed beach communities. Nearly 750,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

Typhoon Haiyan makes Sandy, Katrina look like weak cousins (, Nov 8, 2013)

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, hits central Philippines (, Nov 8, 2013)

Typhoon Haiyan slams into Philippines on Friday with 195 mph winds (, Nov 8, 2013)

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Oct 22

Fukushima plant “braces for super-typhoon” — Officials admit “tough situation” could occur — More workers may be drafted in — Cesium levels already spiking in ocean (ENENews, Oct 22, 2013):

Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 22, 2013: FUKUSHIMA WATER CRISIS: TEPCO still looking for solutions as typhoon approaches […] Typhoon No. 27 is expected to hit the Japanese islands next weekend. […] [Noriyuki Imaizumi, acting general director of TEPCO’s Nuclear Power & Plant Siting Division] said he expected a “tough situation” if the rainfall from the typhoon is similar in scale to the Oct. 20 downpour. […]

Xinhua, Oct. 22, 2013: [Tepco]  said Tuesday it had detected radioactive cesium one kilometer off the coast of the facility, as it braces for a super-typhoon approaching having failed to take adequate measures when a typhoon struck last week. […] radioactive cesium-137 were detected at a level of 1.6 becquerels per liter [1,600 Bq/m³] in water samples taken from the adjacent Pacific Ocean, marking the second time such radioactive materials have been found in the sea since surveys began in August. […] the latest spike in radiation levels in and around the plant — including in the ocean — controvert Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated statements that the situation at the Fukushima plant is “under control.” […]  the utility has been unable to confirm why cesium levels were rising at the particular spot surveyed, according to the plant’s officials Tuesday. […] More workers may be drafted in ahead of the impending typhoon that’s threatening to sideswipe Japan’s eastern seaboard […]

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Oct 22

Powerful Typhoon Francisco on track for Fukushima — Typhoon Lekima develops in Pacific — Concern storms may collide, “It’s called the Fujiwara effect” — Both could hit east coast of Japan later in week (VIDEO) (ENENews, Oct 21, 2013):

Mainichi, Oct. 21, 2013: Another powerful typhoon […] is taking a similar course to that of Typhoon Wipha, which caused massive damage to Oshima Island and other parts of the Kanto region around Tokyo. […] The Meteorological Agency is urging the public to pay close attention to information released on the typhoon.

Reuters, Oct. 21, 2013: Super typhoon Francisco is forecast to strike Japan as a tropical storm at about 09:00 GMT on 25 October. […] Francisco is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 101 km/h (63 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher. […]

Arirang News, Oct. 21, 2013: There looks to be two tropical storms, Francisco and Lekima, which are expected to hit the east coast of Japan around Thursday. As the storm may indirectly affect Korea’s weather, our viewers in Korea should check back in for updates as the week progresses.

Korea Times, Oct. 21, 2013: […] According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) though, Typhoons Francisco and Lekima will most likely hit Japan […] Typhoon Francisco […] packs winds gusts over 169 kilometers an hour. The agency expected that it will head north, but may veer to the East Sea, making landfall near Tokyo. […] Typhoon Lekima was detected five days later. Though it was small-sized and weak, the KMA expected it may pick up strength and develop into a severe tropical storm (STS). […] The KMA […] said the two typhoons could meet. “When two or more typhoons collide, they affect each other’s path and strength. It’s called the Fujiwara effect,” said weather forecaster Hur Jin-ho. “Though we are expecting that they are moving along their own paths, there still is the possibility that the two could change course,” he said. […]

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Currently we have Typhoon Francisco, as a borderline Category 5 storm.. heading northwest towards Japan.

At the same time this is occurring, a large microwave pulse of some kind was detected BEHIND Typhoon Francisco…… then….. after the pulse.. a new tropical system develops directly in the center of the area which was pulsed.

At the direct epicenter of the pulse, we see Tropical Storm “TWENTY SEVEN” form. Looks like it will head on the same track as Francisco and Wipha. Lets hope it dies out.

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Oct 19

Super typhoon on course for Japan — Winds up to 190 mph, could soon be Category 5 storm — “May follow Typhoon Wipha’s path” … “Developed in a similar area” (VIDEO) (ENENews, Oct 19, 2013):

Weather Channel, Oct. 18, 2013 at 9:45p ET: Super Typhoon Francisco Brushes Guam, Could Threaten Japan Next Week […] A tropical cyclone is dubbed a “super typhoon” when maximum sustained winds reach at least 150 mph – the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. […] Conditions appear favorable for development [… allowing] the typhoon to strengthen in intensity, possibly to 160 mph (Category 5 status) over the next few hours. After that, Francisco will move into a region of cooler ocean temperatures, which cause the typhoon to weaken. Francisco may threaten southern Japan early next week, however the current forecast from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center indicates that the typhoon will be much weaker by that point. That said, intensity forecasts at five days out in time can be highly uncertain […]

Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Oct. 19, 2013: […] as the system continues further to the north, a strong poleward outflow channel may develop which could help to offset the cooler sea SSTs and maintain higher intensities. […] All objective aids, with the exception of GFDN, are beginning to  indicate a recurve scenario, but widely vary in position and track speed of the system. […]

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Oct 16

Forecast shows Fukushima to get eye wall of Typhoon Wipha — Weather Channel Expert: Things may be getting worse at plant; Storm surge to combine with inland flooding at site (VIDEO) (ENENews, Oct 15, 2013):

Wall St. Journal, Oct. 15, 2013 at 7:38p ET: Typhoon Wipha Batters Japan’s East Coast […] the strongest typhoon in a decade to affect the Kanto region […] Classified as a “large” typhoon on the agency’s storm scale […] Record precipitation of 122.5 millimeters per hour was registered on Izu Oshima Island, about 120 kilometers south of the capital in the Pacific, with total rainfall on the island in the last 24 hours surpassing 750 millimeters. […] Evacuation orders were issued to 8,840 residents in Kimitsu City, Chiba Prefecture, as a nearby river was feared to be on the verge of flooding.  […] Precautions were also taken at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where workers have struggled to contain leaks of contaminated water. Equipment was bundled together […] Typhoon Wipha is the strongest storm to approach eastern Japan since October 2004.

+‘ sign denotes location of Fukushima Daiichi — Click image to play latest animation (SOURCE: Weatherbell)

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Oct 15

This October 7, 2013 NASA Terra satellite image shows Typhoon Danas off Japan. (AFP/NASA)

Strong typhoon heads for Japan and crippled Fukushima nuclear plant (RT, Oct 15, 2013):

A powerful typhoon is bearing down on Japan – and its path is set to go through the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. It’s less than 24 hours until the storm is due to hit. The storm has been branded a “once in a decade event”.

The country’s weather agency has issued warnings of torrential rain and strong winds ahead of the coming typhoon, Wipha.

450 flights have been canceled across Japan in measures against the coming typhoon. The combined cancelations will affect 60,850 passengers, Japan Airlines Co said.

East Japan Railway Co said it had canceled 31 bullet trains going north and west from Tokyo, Reuters reported.

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Oct 15

This October 13, 2013 NASA satellite image shows Typhoon Wipha in the Pacific Ocean.

AFP: Powerful Typhoon Wipha heads for Fukushima, Tepco bracing ‘inflows of water’ — Experts: Huge flood potential for area around plant — Forecast to grow and strengthen, up to 40-foot waves off Japan coast (PHOTO) (ENENews, Oct 15, 2013):

Kyodo News, Oct. 15, 2013 at 8:46a JST: Typhoon Wipha, the 26th typhoon of the year, was traveling northward around 260 km east of Minamidaito at a speed of 25 kph as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to [Japan’s Meteorological Agency]. It had an atmospheric pressure at its center of 940 hectopascals and was packing winds of up to 216 kph.

AFP, Oct. 15, 2013 at 12:00a ET: Strong typhoon heads for Japan’s nuclear plant […] A powerful typhoon was closing in on Japan on Tuesday, heading towards the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Typhoon Wipha, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres per hour near its centre, was in the Pacific south of Japan early this morning. It has been forecast to reach an area off the Tokyo metropolitan area by early Wednesday and then head toward the coast of Fukushima […] TEPCO says it is bracing for the winds after a series of leaks of radiation-polluted water. “We are making preparations for proper management of contaminated water… we will patrol places that could have inflows of water (from the storm),” a company spokesman said. […] Continue reading »

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Oct 07

Typhoon Danas to hit Fukushima plant on 10/10/2013 / “Very strong” (Fukushima Diary, Oct 7, 2013):

According to Japan Meteorological Agency, Typhoon No.24 “Danas” is going to hit Fukushima plant area on 10/10/2013.

Currently it’s near Okinawa. It’s heading for North East Japan at 30km/h. The central pressure is 935 hPa. Meteorological Agency states “Very strong”.

Since mid September, Tepco has had the contaminated water tank area overflow every time a Typhoon passed near the plant.

Typhoon Danas rips into Okinawa, Amami (NHK, Oct 7, 2013):

A powerful typhoon is moving north, with Okinawa and the remote islands of Kagoshima Prefecture engulfed in its storm zone.

The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Danas was 110 kilometers west of the southern island of Tokunoshima at 8 PM on Monday. It is moving north-north-west at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour.

The storm has a central atmospheric pressure of 935 hectopascals and is packing winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour near its center.

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Sep 18

1000 tons of polluted Fukushima water dumped in sea (SBS, Sep 17, 2013):

The operator of the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it dumped more than 1,000 tons of polluted water into the sea after a typhoon raked the facility.

Typhoon Man-yi smashed into Japan on Monday, bringing with it heavy rain that caused flooding in some parts of the country, including the ancient city of Kyoto.

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Sep 16

Japan Officials: Nuclear “event” at Fukushima from radioactive release into ocean? -AP (ENENews, Sep 16, 2013):

Associated Press, Sept. 16, 2013: […] As a preventive step, workers […] were pumping away rainwater that was pooling around hundreds of storage tanks containing radioactive water.  [Tepco] said the rainwater was being released to the ocean and was believed to be untainted. Tepco said it was pumping away the water to reduce the risk of flooding and potential tank leaks mixing with rainwater, then seeping into the soil or flowing into the sea. The government’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, however, said the pumping and release of the rainwater into the ocean was possibly ‘‘an event’’ subject to reporting under nuclear safety rules. Tepco said the radioactivity in the released water was within allowed discharge limits, but duty regulators at the plant were checking. […]

International Science Times, Sept. 16, 2013:  […] working around the clock to avoid the risk of tank leaks […] workers pump accumulating rain water that has been pooling around hundreds of storage tanks that contain radioactive water. Should the tanks puncture, radioactive water will mix with rainwater and seep into the soil or flow into the sea. […]

See also:

‘Emergency Measure’ At Fukushima Plant After Typhoon: Radioactive Water Being Pumped Into Pacific Ocean

TEPCO Releases Typhoon Water Into Ocean, Says It Was ‘Safe’:

In areas where water samples were highly toxic, however, Tepco took a different approach and transferred it elsewhere through makeshift pumps. One of those areas contained rainwater that was emitting 170,000 becquerels per liter, far higher than allowed.

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Dec 05

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Deadly flooding in the Philippines from a typhoon has claimed dozens of lives. A governor says at least 33 drowned when water dumped by the storm rushed down a mountain and engulfed the victims. Floodwaters also swept away a truck.

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Dec 05

Typhoon pounds the Philippines, killing at least 7 (AP, Dec 4, 2012):

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One of the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines this year barreled across the country’s south on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and forcing more than 50,000 to flee from inundated villages.

Typhoon Bopha slammed into the Davao region at dawn, its ferocious winds ripping roofs from homes and its 500-kilometer- (311-mile-) wide rain band flooding low-lying farmland. The storm, packing winds of 160 kilometers (99 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 195 kph (121 mph), toppled trees, triggered landslides and sent flash floods surging across the region’s mountains and valleys. Continue reading »

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Jun 22

NASA saw Tropical Storm Guchol’s rainfall drench Japan (PHYS.Org, June 21, 2012)

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Jun 22

Links on what will happen if reactor No.4 SFP collapses are down below.

From the article:

“Tepco completed installing a temporary cover at the No. 1 reactor building to prevent the diffusion of radioactive substances by the end of October. The cover is designed to withstand winds of 25 meters per second (56 miles per hour), Matsumoto said.”

What can you say?

Fukushima Plant Faces Typhoon Summer With Added Tornado Threat (Bloomberg, June 22, 2012):

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501)’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant faces its second typhoon season since the March 11 disaster last year, raising the risk of further radiation leaks if storms thrash exposed pools of uranium fuel rods or tanks holding contaminated water.

Typhoon Guchol hit Japan this week and moved up the main island of Honshu, prompting warnings of floods and landslides from the Japan Meteorological Agency. The Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant wasn’t damaged by the storm, which passed north of the crippled nuclear station, Tokyo Electric spokesman Taichi Okazaki said by telephone on June 21.

Typhoons rake through Japan’s islands most summers. The difference this year is Guchol arrived just a month after one of the most powerful tornadoes ever recorded in the nation hit Tsukuba, about 170 kilometers (106 miles) southwest of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi facility. The tornado, one of four to make landfall on May 6, ripped through an area 17 kilometers long and 500 meters wide, the weather agency said in a May 16 report.

The twisters killed a teenage boy, injured 50, wrecked nearly 300 houses and raised concern among scientists about tornado risk at the Fukushima plant, where explosions last year blew roofs off pools holding spent uranium fuel rods.

‘Naked’ Pools

“Uranium spent fuel pools of No. 3 and No. 4 reactors are currently naked,” Kazuhiko Kudo, a research professor of nuclear engineering at Kyushu University, said on June 5. “A tornado with winds of 100 meters per second like the one that hit Tsukuba could suck up the pool water,” exposing the fuel rods. He raised the concern during a meeting assessing safety measures at the crippled plant in May, he said.

As dismantling and decommissioning the reactors will take decades, Tepco should review the plant’s safety measures against not only aftershocks and tsunamis but also tornadoes and huge typhoons, even if the possibility of extreme phenomena are very low, said Kudo, one of 12 members of the advisory panel to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, or NISA.

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Sep 22

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Sep 20

Typhoon Roke Nears Japan on Track for Leaking Nuclear Plant (Bloomberg, Sept. 20, 2011):

Typhoon Roke brought evacuation orders and fears of floods to Nagoya city in central Japan today as it approached the main island of Honshu on a course toward the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

More than 1 million people in Nagoya have been advised to evacuate because of Roke and almost 80,000 have been ordered to leave due to flood risk, said Katsuya Kobayashi in the city’s disaster prevention center.

That’s more than double the numbers for typhoon Talas earlier this month, which dumped record rainfall on southern Japan, causing mudslides and floods that killed 67 people and left 26 missing. Talas was the deadliest storm to hit Japan in seven years.

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Sep 05

Typhoon dumps record rain on Japan, killing 20 (AP, Sep 04, 20119):

TOKYO (AP) — Typhoon Talas dumped record amounts of rain Sunday in western and central Japan, killing at least 20 people and stranding thousands more as it turned towns into lakes, washed away cars and triggered mudslides that obliterated houses. At least 50 people were missing, local media reported.

Evacuation orders and advisories were issued to 460,000 people in the region, which is hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the country’s tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast.

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Jul 22

Rain increases contaminated water at plant (NHK, July 21, 2011):

Heavy rain brought by a tropical storm has increased the level of radioactive contaminated water at the basements of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Typhoon Ma-on moved east off the southern coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu. 115 millimeters of precipitation was recorded in Namie Town, north of the plant, between Tuesday and Thursday.

Rain has been gathering in the buildings housing the reactors because the roofs were severely damaged by hydrogen explosions that occurred after the initial March 11th disaster.

Tokyo Electric Power Company or TEPCO, the plant’s operator, says that at 7 AM local time on Thursday, the level of contaminated water pooled at the basement of the building of the No. 1 reactor was 44 centimeters up from the previous day.

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Jul 14

Typhoon Ma-On Targeting Japan (AccuWeather, July 14, 2011):

A powerful typhoon is on track to strike mainland Japan early next week.

Widespread adverse impacts from rain, wind and heavy seas would result from a direct hit on the southern mainland. Heavy rain, high winds and rough seas could also impact the site of the tsunami and nuclear disaster north of Tokyo.

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May 29

Crippled nuke plant not prepared for heavy rain, wind (Mainichi, May 28, 2011):

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is not fully prepared for heavy rain and strong winds forecast due to a powerful typhoon moving Saturday toward disaster-affected areas of northeastern Japan, according to the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Heavy rain has been forecast for the areas from Sunday to Monday due to the season’s second typhoon, Songda, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Tokyo Electric, or TEPCO, has for the last month been spreading anti-scattering agents around the troubled Nos. 1 to 4 reactor buildings to prevent radioactively contaminated dust from being carried into the air and sea by rain and wind.

But some of the reactor buildings have been left uncovered after they were damaged by hydrogen explosions following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. TEPCO plans to launch the work to put covers on the destroyed buildings in mid-June.

A TEPCO official said, “We have made utmost efforts, but we have not completed covering the damaged reactor buildings. We apologize for the lack of significant measures against wind and rain.”

Goshi Hosono, a special adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, told a press conference Friday that the current measures “cannot be said to be appropriate.”

He added, “We are now doing the utmost to prevent further spreading of radioactive materials in consideration of the typhoon.”

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Typhoon Strengthens, May Hit Fukushima Nuke Plant (Bloomberg):

“We are still considering typhoon measures and can’t announce detailed plans yet,” Takeo Iwamoto, a spokesman at Tokyo Electric Power Co., said by phone when asked about the storm.

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May 28

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Super Typhoon With 195 Mph Winds Approaching Fukushima

Typhoon Strengthens, May Hit Fukushima Nuke Plant (Bloomberg, May 27, 2011):

Typhoon Songda strengthened to a supertyphoon after battering the Philippines and headed for Japan on a track that may pass over the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant by May 30, a U.S. monitoring center said.

Songda’s winds increased to 241 kilometers (150 miles) per hour from 213 kph yesterday, the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center said on its website. The storm’s eye was about 240 kilometers east of Aparri in the Philippines at 8 a.m. today, the center said. Songda was moving northwest at 19 kph and is forecast to turn to the northeast and cross the island of Okinawa by 9 p.m. local time tomorrow before heading for Honshu.

The center’s forecast graphic includes a possible path over Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, which has been spewing radiation since March 11 when an earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems. Three of six reactor buildings have no roof after explosions blew them off, exposing spent fuel pools and containment chambers that are leaking.

“We are still considering typhoon measures and can’t announce detailed plans yet,” Takeo Iwamoto, a spokesman at Tokyo Electric Power Co., said by phone when asked about the storm. The utility known as Tepco plans to complete the installation of covers for the buildings by October, he said.

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May 28

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Super Typhoon With 195 Mph Winds Approaching Fukushima

Rain likely to induce more radioactive leaks (NHK, May 28, 2011):

The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it is closely monitoring contaminated water levels in the facility as heavy rain is forecast next week.

Tokyo Electric Power Company is continuing to inject water to cool reactors. As a result, the level of highly radioactive water around reactor buildings is rising.

The company is concerned that contaminated water in the basement of reactor buildings and nearby tunnels may overflow and seep into the ground and the sea.

Rain is forecast on Sunday and Monday because of an approaching typhoon.

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