Tens of thousands across Japan were advised to evacuate, hundreds of flights were canceled and rail services disrupted as Typhoon Lan engulfed Japan on Sunday.
At least 900 residents have been asked by authorities of Japanese Prefecture Fukushima to leave their homes immediately. Is the powerful typhoon able to trigger another tsunami and impact dangerously the NPP “Fukushima-1” again?
Typhoon LAN is currently hitting Japan. 919 residents of the city of Kuriyama situated in the Fukushima Prefecture, Japan were ordered to urgently evacuate the town as the Abukuma River could flow out of its banks, creating major floodings due to Typhoon Lan. In overall, more than 70,000 households in various parts of Japan were advised to evacuate, with more than 5,000 ordered to do so.
Japanese environmentalists claim that the large and powerful typhoon Lan could trigger another damaging tsunami (storm surge) to Japan at the top of next week, which could impact dangerously the NPP “Fukushima-1” again.
Apparently the Fukushima area may get 10 meters (32 ft) waves:
Evacuation orders may however impact much more people as a 20km zone around Kuriyama is being placed under emergency. In total up to 10,000 people may be moved due to the raging typhoon.
Kyodo News service says the body of a 70-year-old man whose boat developed engine trouble was found on a beach, and a 63-year-old man died after high winds knocked down scaffolding at a construction site.
Wind gusts of up to 180 kph (111 mph) were measured in different parts of Japan, blowing away billboards, uprooting trees and deatroying roofs and buildings and cancelling more than 300 flights and disrupting rail services.