Panic grips already-ravaged Japan as Typhoon Roke nears. The city of Aichi, one of the largest cities of Japan, has ordered an immediate evacuation of 1.1 million. The city of Nagoya was also issued notices to evacuate the city as soon as possible. Heavy rains have already started in the city. The eye of Typhoon Roke is at about 200 km (or 125 miles) southeast of southern Japan, on Tuesday, 20th September. It is moving northwards, on a collision course with the island nation. Fukushima is also on its path.
UPDATE: Typhoon Roke Strikes Japan: http://techie-buzz.com/science/typhoon-roke-japan-current.html
Roke is moving northwards at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour and the wind speed is 200 kilometers per hour.
For Japan, which is still reeling from the devastating tsunami earlier this year, this is more bad news. A few days back, tropical storm Talas left about 100 people dead or missing. Roke is much bigger.
The worst fear is that of Fukushima. The typhoon is almost certain to hit Fukushima in another 48 hours. Restoration work is being carried out at the Dai-chi plant and, at the very least, this will delay and hinder that process. The more realistic fear is that the radioactive water will overflow into the surrounding areas and into the sea.
The storm will make landfall on September 23rd.
We will bring more updates on this tragedy and will be closely tracking the fate of Fukushima.