Typhoon Jebi Hits Japan

Alicia Muniz

CNN.com – Typhoon Jebi is the strongest typhoon to ever hit the mainland in Japan in 25 years. A tanker was smashed into a bridge which forced one of Japan’s largest airports to close and several hundreds of flights were cancelled. At least 10 people died since Jebi hit on Tuesday Aug. 28, 2018. Along with the typhoon, the weather brought strong winds and lashing rain. Of the 10 people killed, seven were in the Osaka Prefecture and the other three were in Mie, Aichi and Shiga, where the police say that one who died was killed when the warehouse that he was working in at the time collapsed in Higashiomi City. The tanker was 89 meters long, called Houunmaru, and was yanked from its anchorage and rammed into the bridge that connected the Kansai Airport with the mainland. There were 11 crew members on board of the tanker, but none had thankfully gotten hurt. The bridge had been reopened the next day, Wednesday Aug. 29, but not before 3,000 passengers had spent the night trapped at the airport with nowhere to evacuate, except by bus, and only by the next morning to nearby by Izumisano Station in Osaka City. 


TheGuardian.com- More than 100 people injured in the typhoon that struck Japan on Tuesday. Several people were also injured at Kyoto station when a part of a glass ceiling at the station broke and collapsed due to the high-speed winds. Several vehicles also got blown onto their sides on a motorway, but a truck narrowly avoided falling off a bridge that connected the Shikoku island and Honshu island. TV networks showed several pieces of footage of the 2,591-tonne tanker ship that had collided with the side of the bridge, with both bridge and tanker being damaged but none of the tanker crew were injured. Along with the airport being unable to be evacuated, the runway and basement floor of one of the terminal buildings was flooded. There was also footage of a 100 m (328 ft) tall ferris wheel that was located in Osaka of the wheel spinning furiously in the wind despite being turned off. There were evacuation advisories issued for 1.19 million people in the area and surrounding areas, with most being advised to leave their homes immediately to seek shelter in around 1,500 temporary shelters that were located in the western port city of Kobe. A local meteorology agency said in a televised newscast warning people about the weather, and how as it progressively worsened, the weather could trigger more violent winds, landslides along the coast and flooding in southern and south-western parts of the archipelago, along with high tides flooding the city and lightning and tornadoes as results of the wind. The speed of the winds was very high, at about 216kmh (135mph), which makes it one of the strongest typhoons to hit Japan since 1993, where the typhoon left 48 people dead or missing. Many people who experienced the winds said that they could feel their houses and apartments shaking just because of the winds, making the lights flicker on and off because of the disruptions. Jebi is one of the strongest natural disasters to happen in Japan recently, along with a recent earthquake. Natural disasters happen more frequently in places that are near bodies of water, since the contrasting temperatures can cause discrepancies in weather, especially when the water hits the land. 


Two Japanese international students that are currently pursuing their education here in America have some thoughts on the typhoon that has recently happened in their homes. Yuto Nozu, age 21 and a senior at Washburn: “I was so surprised by what happened in Japan, about the typhoon. I learned that at least 11 people died and around 292 people were injured. Osaka is my hometown, so I was very worried about my family and friends and very nervous. I called them, and they said they were fine, as well as sent pictures of the cars flipped over on the bridge due to the winds, along with the trees falling down. In history, it hasn’t happened like this before.” The other student, 20-year-old sophomore Akisato Igarashi, had this to say: “I feel very sad because Typhoon Jebi has been the biggest in Japan since 25 years ago, and a lot of people were injured. A lot of Japanese people needed to call for help but couldn’t because the electricity was cut off due to the winds. Many needed to be evacuated but did not get that until the next day due to flooding.” The two students obviously felt a lot of worry due to the typhoon, not only because of their families being around or near the typhoon as it happened, which would worry anyone, especially a natural disaster of this magnitude.