Sunday, February 09, 2014

Tokyo records heaviest snowfall in 45 years (video)

At least 11 people are dead and more than a thousand injured in accidents after heavy snow hit eastern Japan. 

Japan’s weather agency says 27 centimeters of snow fell in Tokyo on Saturday, the heaviest in the capital in 45 years. 

35 centimeters fell in Sendai and 44 centimeters in Fukushima on Sunday morning. The weather cleared in Tokyo on Sunday, but transport systems continued to be disrupted.

More than 100 domestic flights and 219 international flights were cancelled in Haneda airport, and a number of train services were also cancelled. The weather system is moving to northeastern Japan and dumping snow on the region’s Pacific side. Forecasters warn of heavy snow in Tohoku, and very strong winds in the Kanto and Tohoku regions.


  1. Tokyo experiences heaviest snow in decades...

    TOKYO — Tokyo residents yesterday dug themselves out from record snowfall that left at least 11 people dead nationwide and more than 1,051 injured, said local media reports.

    Central Tokyo was left with as much as 27cm of snow yesterday morning — the most snow in 45 years — after Saturday’s storm, said the Japan Meteorological Agency. Other parts of greater Tokyo experienced as much as 50cm of snow, a record for the region, added the meteorological agency. There was 35cm of snow in the north-eastern city of Sendai on Saturday — the heaviest in 78 years.

    The record snowfall was the eighth-highest monthly accumulated snowfall ever registered, said the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

    The snow caused major disruptions to flights, train services and power lines, with nearly 300 domestic flights cancelled yesterday after more than 700 flights were suspended on Saturday.

    There were also widespread blackouts. Tokyo Electric Power Co said 15,400 households in Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures near Tokyo were without electricity yesterday afternoon.

    The fatalities included a 50-year- old man who was driving a car that slid into a pole in central Japan’s Aichiprefecture and a 69-year-old man who collapsed while shovelling snow outside his home in Chiba...............

  2. Video, fotos: 13 muertos y 1.700 heridos por la nevada más fuerte en décadas en Japón....

    La nevada más fuerte en los últimos 45 años, que afectó a la región central de Japón, se cobró la vida de 13 personas y dejó más de 1.700 heridos de diversa gravedad.
    La tormenta de nieve más intensa en casi medio siglo en Tokio y otras áreas de Japón ha provocado una ola de accidentes que desembocó en la muerte de 13 personas, dejando a más de 1.700 personas heridas, informa la televisión pública japonesa NHK......

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  3. Snow storm hits Japan again, grounds over 100 flights...

    TOKYO: A snow storm hit Japan on Friday, disrupting rail and road travel, grounding more than 100 flights and adding to the piles left behind by an earlier blanketing.

    Up to 30cm (12 inches) of snow was forecast for some parts of the country by Saturday morning, a week after the heaviest snowfall in decades left at least 11 people dead and more than 1,200 injured.

    Tokyo had a thin covering by early Friday afternoon and the weather agency was warning it would continue into the night.

    The agency also warned of heavy snow in western and central Japan as well as strong winds and high waves along coastal areas.

    The storm caused delays on the "shinkansen" bullet train services. Japan Airlines (JAL) said it had cancelled 77 flights for Friday and All Nippon Airways (ANA) grounded 40 flights across the nation. Jiji Press said 16,000 air passengers were affected.

    Forecasters said the bad weather would continue into Saturday. Last week, as much as 27cm (10.6 inches) of snow was recorded in Tokyo, the capital's worst snowfall for 45 years.

    While much of that snow had melted, the remains of larger piles as well as some slightly diminished snowmen were still in evidence across the city.

  4. Snowstorm leaves 19 dead, causes transport chaos in Japan....

    A severe snowstorm sweeping across Japan has killed 19 people and left more than 1,600 injured, media and officials said Monday, as the extreme weather sparked widespread transport chaos. At least 19 people have died in snow-related incidents after the record-breaking storm, the top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun reported, with the blast now battering the northern island of Hokkaido.

    More than 6,900 people were trapped in small communities cut off by snow-blocked roads and railway lines, the Yomiuri said, while gasoline deliveries to some petrol stations were delayed due to impassible roads.

    In Yamanashi prefecture west of Tokyo, stores were facing a serious fresh food shortage, the Yomiuri and public broadcaster NHK reported, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promising to send a government team to help the struggling area.

    "We will do everything we can to protect the lives and possessions of people in cooperation with local governments and relevant ministries," he told parliament Monday.

    The storm is now moving toward northernmost Hokkaido, Japan's meteorological agency said, warning of heavy snow, blizzards and avalanches as well as high waves along the northeastern coast, which was battered by a quake-sparked tsunami almost three years ago.

    Despite around-the-clock clearing efforts, hundreds of cars on Monday remained stuck on some mountain roads, leaving drivers stranded, local officials told AFP.

    National Route 18 that runs through Gunma and Nagano prefectures north of Tokyo is still partly closed, with cars stuck along several kilometres due to the heavy snow.

    Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces have also stepped in to help.

    "Efforts to remove snow from the roads are continuing with Self-Defense Forces servicemen working from 7:00 am this morning," said an official at the Karuizawa ski resort in Nagano prefecture.

    Voice of Russia, AFP


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