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Suwanosejima volcano erupts, prompting JMA to raise the alert level to 3, Japan

Two strong eruptions were recorded at Suwanosejima volcano, Kagoshima prefecture, Japan on March 30, 2021, ejecting large rocks nearly 1 km (0.62 miles) from the crater and prompting the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) to raise the alert level to 3 (on a scale of...

March 31, 2021

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Powerful M7.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan - Tsunami warnings issued

A powerful earthquake registered by the JMA as M7.2 hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 09:09 UTC (18:09 JST) on March 20, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 60 km (37 miles). USGS is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 54 km (33 miles). JMA has issued...

March 20, 2021

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More than 7 700 households without water supply as record snow hits Hokkaido, Japan

Heavy snow has been falling intermittently in Hokkaido, Japan, since Tuesday, February 23, 2021, with Iwamizawa city recording its second-highest snowfall of 2.05 m (6.7 feet) on Thursday, 25. It resulted in disruptions in the city, particularly in train services...

February 26, 2021

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Highly radioactive cesium detected in northeastern Fukushima, Japan

Radioactive cesium fivefold higher the permitted levels have been detected in a black rockfish found in northeastern Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, a local fishing association announced on Monday, February 22, 2021. Roughly 500 becquerels per kilogram of cesium was...

February 24, 2021

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Severe snowstorm hits northern Japan, JMA warns it could become the strongest in years

A severe snowstorm started affecting northern Japan on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, causing flooding and transport disruptions. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned it could become the most powerful blizzard in years and cause whiteout conditions through...

February 16, 2021

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Powerful M7.1 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A very strong earthquake registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as M7.1 hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 14:07 UTC (23:07 JST) on February 13, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 60 km (37 miles). USGS is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 35...

February 13, 2021

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Bright fireball seen over wide areas of Japan

A bright fireball was seen and recorded over Japan at 11:32 UTC on January 20, 2021 (20:32 JST). The object was seen for several seconds over wide areas of Japan, including Kanto, Tokai, and Kinki. Fujii Daichi, a curator who specializes in astronomy at the...

January 21, 2021

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Heavy snowfall causes massive pileup of 130 vehicles in northeastern Japan

At least one person died while 10 others sustained injuries as heavy snowfall blanketed wide areas of northeastern Japan, resulting in a multiple-vehicular accident on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. More than 130 vehicles and some 200 people were involved in the pileup...

January 19, 2021

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Powerful winter storm slams Japan with record snow, claims 10 lives and strands more than 1 200 vehicles

A powerful winter storm is affecting Japan since Thursday, January 7, 2021, dropping record-breaking snow, stranding more than 1 200 vehicles, and claiming the lives of at least 10 people in snow-related incidents on January 9 and 10. Heavy snowfall fell across wide...

January 11, 2021

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Powerful blizzard affecting areas along the Sea of Japan, JMA urges residents to remain cautious

A powerful winter storm is affecting areas along the Sea of Japan on January 8, 2021, bringing dangerous winds, high waves, heavy snow, and blizzard conditions. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned heavy snow and powerful winds are expected through Sunday,...

January 08, 2021

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Radiation levels at Fukushima plant found worse and more lethal than previously assumed

Radiation at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is far worse than previously thought, with the levels estimated at 10 sieverts per hour-- a fatal dose for anyone who stays in the vicinity for an hour, according to experts. This means it will be extremely difficult...

January 05, 2021

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Severe weather conditions, up to 2 m (6.5 feet) of fresh snow through New Year's Day, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued warnings for blizzards, high waves, and freezing temperatures as a potent winter storm pressure system continues affecting the country, mainly areas along the Sea of Japan through New Year's Day. The storm could...

December 31, 2020

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Strong eruption at Suwanosejima volcano, Alert Level raised, Japan

A strong explosive eruption took place at Suwanosejima's Mt. Otake crater at 17:51 UTC on December 27, 2020 (02:51 JST, December 28). As a result, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) raised the Alert Level from 2 to 3 -- Near-crater warning, do not approach...

December 28, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.3 hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 17:23 UTC on December 20, 2020 (02:23 JST, December 21). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km; EMSC...

December 20, 2020

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Military deployed after record snowfall strands more than 2 000 vehicles in Japan

The snow was falling at an unprecedented rate over parts of Japan this week, stranding more than 2 000 vehicles and forcing authorities to deploy the military to help trapped people. In addition, more than 10 000 homes were left without electricity. JMA said that...

December 18, 2020

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Snow piling up at an unprecedented rate in Japan

The season's most powerful cold air mass is bringing remarkably heavy snow to wide swaths of Japan on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Meteorologists said the snow is falling at an unprecedented rate due to the combination of unseasonably cold Siberian air and...

December 16, 2020

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Increased activity continues at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Explosive eruption continues at Sakurajima volcano, with moderate to strong explosions on December 9 and 10 becoming nearly continuous. An explosion at 19:30 UTC on December 9, produced a volcanic ash column up to 3.6 km (12 000 feet) above sea level, extending...

December 10, 2020

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Strong explosion at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

After a few months of low-level activity, a strong explosion took place at Japan's Sakurajima volcano at 02:55 UTC on December 2, 2020. Part of the eruptive column was obscured by a meteorological cloud, making height estimate difficult. Finally saw some...

December 02, 2020

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Very bright fireball explodes over central Japan

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over central Japan at around 16:35 UTC on November 28, 2020 (01:35 JST, November 29). The object was seen and recorded from many parts of western and central Japan and was accompanied by a rumbling noise....

November 29, 2020

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What's new at Nishinoshima, a rapidly growing volcanic island in Japan

Nishinoshima is a volcanic island located in the Ogasawara archipelago, south of Tokyo, Japan that had been expanding since its eruption in 2013. Nishinoshima looks like a small island, but this is actually the summit of a huge seamount that rises more than 3 km...

November 12, 2020

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Tropical Storm "Dolphin" nears Japan, very strong winds, heavy rain and rough seas expected

Tropical Storm "Dolphin" formed well south of mainland Japan on September 22, 2020, as the 12th named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Dolphin is expected to travel close to the areas from...

September 23, 2020

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A strong earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.1 hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 02:44 UTC (11:44 LT) on September 12, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 40 km (25 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 32 km (20 miles), EMSC M6.1 at 51 km...

September 12, 2020

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Typhoon "Haishen" hits Japan with record gusts, makes landfall in Ulsan, South Korea

Typhoon "Haishen" lashed Japan on September 5 and 6, 2020, before making landfall in Ulsan, South Korea at around 00:00 UTC on Monday, September 7 as a Category 2 hurricane equivalent. At least 3 people have been killed, 1 in Japan and 2 in South Korea....

September 07, 2020

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Haishen becomes season's first Super Typhoon, landfall expected in South Korea

Typhoon "Haishen" underwent a rapid intensification phase on September 3, 2020, and became the first super typhoon of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season. The system is forecast to pass over the Ryukyu Islands, west of Kyushu, make landfall near Busan, South...

September 04, 2020

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Maysak becomes strongest typhoon of the year, heads toward South Korea after lashing Okinawa

Typhoon "Maysak" became the strongest typhoon of the year on August 31, 2020, with its eye passing very close to Kume Island, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The storm is moving towards the Korean Peninsula, with landfall expected near Busan, South Korea on...

September 01, 2020

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Typhoon "Maysak" approaching Okinawa, on its way toward the Korean Peninsula

Tropical Storm "Maysak" (known as Julian in the Philippines) formed east of the Philippines on August 28, 2020, as the 9th named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season. At 19:00 UTC on August 29, the system was upgraded to typhoon and at 21:00 UTC to...

August 31, 2020

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Very bright fireball illuminates sky over Japan's Kanto region

A very bright fireball was recorded streaking through the night sky over Japan's Kanto region at 14:32 UTC (22:30 LT) on August 21, 2020. This is the second notable meteor event in Japan since July 1. One of the many eyewitnesses described it as a completely red...

August 25, 2020

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Mysterious stench in Kanagawa Prefecture precursor of a large earthquake, seismologist warns

On August 21, 2020, the fire department in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, received numerous calls from residents reporting an unusual smell in the area over the course of an hour. Seismologist Manabu Takahashi suggests that the strange phenomenon may be a precursor of...

August 24, 2020

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Fast-moving Typhoon "Jangmi" hits South Korea's flood-stricken region

Tropical Storm "Jangmi" formed late August 8, 2020, as the 5th named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season. The system made landfall on the southern tip of Geoje Island and its remnants are now bringing heavy rain to the country's flood-stricken...

August 10, 2020

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Continuous explosive activity, strong sulfur dioxide emission over Suwanosejima volcano, Japan

Continuous explosive activity was reported at Japan's Suwanosejima volcano over the past several days, with another eruption recorded on Thursday, August 6, 2020, in which the ash plume reached up to 2.3 km (7 000 feet) a.s.l. The Alert Level remains at 2 (on a...

August 07, 2020

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Series of powerful eruptions at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan

Series of powerful eruptions were recorded at Nishinoshima volcano over the past couple of days. On August 3, 2020, the Tokyo VAAC warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to 4 900 m (16 00 feet) altitude. Volcanic activity surged in June 2020, with recurring...

August 04, 2020

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Nearly 2 500 people evacuate as record rainfall hits northern Japan, triggering floods and landslides

Almost 2 500 people have been evacuated as record-high rainfall poured over northern Japan into Wednesday, July 29, 2020, causing damaging floods and landslides, including in the Yamagata Prefecture, where the Mogami River burst its banks and a mudslide left 540...

July 29, 2020

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Mogami River overflows following record downpour in Yamagata, Japan

Parts of the Yamagata Prefecture in Japan recorded more than 200 mm (8 inches) of rain in a 24-hour period to Tuesday, July 28, 2020. As a result, the Mogami River has overflowed, leaving residents on the highest alert. In Nagai City, 206.5 mm (8.1 inches) of rain...

July 28, 2020

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IMERG maps excessive monsoon rain across Asia

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission captured the rainfall accumulation across Asia-- from India to Japan-- this monsoon season, from June 1 to July 20, 2020. The data are remotely-sensed estimates that came from the Integrated Multi-Satellite...

July 23, 2020

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Weather system behind record-breaking, catastrophic rainfalls in Japan and China explained

A persistent stationary front known as the Meiyu front is affecting East Asian countries since the rainy season began in May. The front is responsible for record-breaking rainfalls, mainly in Japan and China, and causing catastrophic floods and landslides that have...

July 17, 2020

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Meteorites recovered in Chiba weeks after fireball exploded over Tokyo, Japan

A fireball that exploded over Tokyo, Japan, on July 1, 2020, has been identified as a meteor after two meteorites were recovered in the prefecture of Chiba, the National Museum of Nature and Science announced on July 13, 2020. The fragments, which landed on a...

July 15, 2020

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High-level volcanic activity continues at Nishinoshima, Japan

High-level volcanic activity continues at Nishinoshima, the Japan Meteorological Agency's reported on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. A powerful eruption took place on July 11, with incandescent material thrown high above the crater, large lava flows, and an ash plume...

July 15, 2020

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Death toll from record-breaking rains hits 68 - Kyushu, Japan

The death toll from the record-breaking downpours on the island of Kyushu in Japan has climbed to 68 on Monday, July 13, 2020. On the same day, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Kumamoto Prefecture to assess the damage inflicted by flooding and landslides...

July 14, 2020

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Severe weather death toll hits 56, ministry deploys 20 000 troops as disaster widens to northern Kyushu, Japan

The death toll caused by record-breaking rains in Kyushu, Japan hit 56 on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The Defense Ministry said it will double the number of troops to 20 000 and deploy them to hard-hit areas as disaster widened to the island's northern region. A team...

July 08, 2020

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Nishinoshima erupts ash up to 8 300 m (27 230 feet) a.s.l. - highest since 2013, Japan

A column of volcanic ash produced by Japanese Nishinoshima volcano rose up to 8 300 m (27 230 feet) above the sea level on July 4, 2020-- its highest since 2013, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) confirmed on July 6. Volcanic activity at the volcano surged in...

July 06, 2020