The big and destructive Typhoon Hagibis has struck Japan and caused a great (and expansive) destruction all over the country. Along with the typhoon, Twitter is filled with the trending hashtag #SaveJapan. Up to Friday on October the 11th 2019 on 4.55 PM, the hashtag has been shared in 181 thousand times. Some of the users have expressed their concern and hope for the typhoon’s survivors considering that the typhoon is equivalent to a hurricane level 5.
About the Condition
According to Japan Meteorological, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, people should be aware of the current typhoon’s strength. It shouldn’t be underestimated because the strength is predicted to be as strong as Kanogawa typhoon sweeping Tokyo and Shizouka Prefecture in 1958. At that time, 1,200 people fell victim to the typhoon.
In the meantime, people in Japan have been prepared for the typhoon, predicted to strike most of Japan during weekends. Weather prediction states that the typhoon will sweep over Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. The citizens are advised to be prepared facing heavy rainfall and strong winds.
And as predicted, the typhoon hit Japan on Saturday on October the 12th 2019. It is reported that at least 4 people died because of it. Somehow, people could sense that the storm would hit soon enough from natural phenomenon happening a day before. The sky turned pink and the pictures of it have been shared all over social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
The natural phenomena may be related to a catastrophe, but not to the storm itself. According to Marufin Sudibyo, an amateur astronomer from Indonesia, the pink sky is likely related to the eruption of Mount Raikoke close to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia last June. He believes that the pink hue comes from the scattered sunlight by sulfuric acid aerosol particles.
When Hagibis Typhoon struck Shizouka Prefecture Peninsula, it was accompanied by heavy rainfall, heavy wind, and big flood in central areas to North Japan. At least 4 people died, 9 missing, and 86 others are injured in 27 prefectures. Others are advised to evacuate to safer places.
Japan Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysical Agency also state that typhoon Hagibis has increased in strength. It is now a menacing and threatening hurricane, moving from the north to the northwest area. It was closing into Ogasawara Island in the Pacific at the early dawn. It is predicted that the typhoon would arrive in Eastern Japan starting from Saturday to Sunday.
By the typhoon, the public train service in Tokyo has announced its service cancellation during the storm. The announcement can be found in their social media as well as their official website. The same announcement has also been delivered by All Nippon Airways – they were cancelling all of their domestic flights in Saturday from and to Haneda and Narita airports. Japan Airlines has even cancelled all of its flights during the storm.
Tourists are advised to check the announcement from the Japanese government, including staying into the Twitter and official website, such as the Japan National Tourism Organization. Travellers are encouraged to check those social media regularly to stay updated. The Ministry of Justice encouraged all travellers to download Safety Tips app to stay updated. The app is provided by Japanese Tourism Office for all foreign travellers.
What Happens Afterwards
The impact of the typhoon is significantly felt all over the country. Some of the important events (and their schedules) are disturbed or delayed, like the World Cup Rugby. The committee has to cancel the match between New Zealand and Italy as well as the match between England and France. Those matches are scheduled to take place on Sunday, but up until now, it is unclear whether the match still goes on or not. The typhoon is believed to have a significant (negative) impact on the country’s economy.