Typhoon Roke has just hit Japan! The first few news reports and photos are just coming out. Typhoon Roke made landfall at Hamamatsu, just south east of the industrial city of Aichi, and this is its current location. It is on course for Fukushima, the city housing the troubled Daichi nuclear power plant. Tokyo might be hit too. Roke is expected to reach Fukushima in another two days time. The wind speed is 100 mph.
We had warned about the approach of this storm in a previous post here.
Landfall and destruction
Unlike Irene, which fizzled out as it made landfall, Roke did not die. It has caused heavy rains on the coastal region. High speed winds have caused enough destruction on their own. All operations at sea have been discontinued for the coming days.
Initial reports indicate that at least 4 people have died in this initial spell of rain. This number, no doubt, will rise as more is known of the storm’s devastation. Aichi has been largely evacuated. The overflowing of the river that flows over Aichi has caused widespread flooding in the city.
Photos from the first few hours: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/8778887/Typhoon-Roke-hits-Japan.html
Fukushima and the Nuclear Worry
The biggest worry is Fukushima and the damaged nuclear power plant. Radioactive material will over flow into the sea and the surrounding areas due to the heavy downpour. Officials had begun preparations for the approach of the storm a few days back and are continuing to reinforce the defences of the nuclear power plant. Cables have been tied down and maximum effort is being put to ensure that no radioactive water leaks onto the habitable areas.
Dai’chi Plant Was Dumping Radioactive Waste Into Sea: http://techie-buzz.com/science/japan-nuclear-radioactive-fears.html
Measuring Radiation: How Much Radiation is Too Much? : http://techie-buzz.com/science/radiation-risks.html
The Japanese Meteorological Department has advised the highest level of caution to be used due to heavy rains, strong winds and high waves. Very heavy rains are expected in the coming days with as much as 5 cm in one hour!
These are just initial reports. We’ll continue tracking the storm, as it makes its way towards Fukushima with no expected loss in intensity.
We wish our beloved Japan the very best. It has been through worse in history, and it could fight back every single time. We know that this will be no exception.