Published On: Sat, Oct 12th, 2019

Japan earthquake: Region on path of devastating Typhoon Hagibis hit by major quake | World | News

The earthquake struck at 6:22pm on Saturday and was recorded as four on the Japanese intensity scale of seven. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Typhoon Hagibis  is expected to make landfall by Saturday evening. Yasushi Kajihara, an official at the JMA said: “The typhoon may make landfall in the Tokai or Kanto region on Saturday, and to remain extremely strong. In addition to storm winds and high waves, we’re looking at the possibility of record rainfall around the Kanto region.”

No tsunami warning has been issued following the quake.

Currently more than 7,000 households in the greater Tokyo area are without electricity due to Typhoon Hagibis.

In western Japan, Chubu Electric Power Company says that around 3,330 homes in Mie Prefecture had lost power.

The typhoon is bringing with it winds of 180 km per hour and gusts of 252 km per hour.

Weather officials are urging people to keep track of the latest weather bulletins and local evacuation advice.

Typhoon Haggibis is expected to bring record levels of rain and winds to the Tokai and Kanto areas of Japan. 

The Japan Meteorological Agency has said that the large typhoon is on a northerly path over the Pacific south of the main island of Honshu.

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