Tsunami of mud crashes into rows of houses in Atami near Tokyo, Japan – 20 people missing (videos and pictures)

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Picture shows mud and debris at the scene of a landslide that has left at least 19 people missing in the Izusan area of Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan. Picture via Twitter

A powerful mudslide carrying a deluge of black water and debris crashed into rows of houses in Atami, a coastal town near Tokyo, following heavy rains on Saturday, leaving at least 20 people missing.

Dozens of homes may have been buried in Atami, a town known for hot springs, said Shizuoka prefecture spokesman Takamichi Sugiyama.

Public broadcaster NHK gave the number of missing people at 20, but Sugiyama said the prefecture confirmed at least 19, although he said the number may grow.

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A rainy season front has dropped 805mm (32 inches) of rain in 72 hours over central Japan. A mudslide hit the seaside tourist city of Atami today, destroying homes. 19 people are missing. Picture via Twitter

Torrential rains have slammed parts of Japan starting earlier this week. Experts said dirt had been loosened, increasing landslide risks in a country filled with valleys and mountains.

Sugiyama said it had been raining hard in the area all morning. Self-defense forces will join firefighters and police in the rescue operation, he added. Evacuation warnings were issued for a widespread area.

The landslides appeared to have struck multiple times, about as fast as a car. Footage showed a powerful, black mudslide slide down a mountainside, knocking down and crushing houses and sweeping away cars in its way. Helpless neighbors watched in horror, some recording on their phones.

Atami is a quaint seaside resort area in Shizuoka prefecture, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo. The area that was hit by the mudslide, Izusan, includes hot springs, residential areas, shopping streets and a famous shrine. [AP]

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  1. @kevin marxist buttclown

    Keep spewing the same crap over and over again. Bot spam should be flagged. You serve no purpose as it is obvious you are a useless idiot.

  2. “Devastating mud slide hits Atami, about an hour by train south of Tokyo. At least 20 people are missing. This has become an annual calamity across Japan as rains have increased over the past 20 years or so.”

    Proof of Global Climate Change. Time to get the UN to coordinate and assist all parts of the world, including the US, to heed their advice and pay them their well deserved climate taxes to fund operations.

    When the UN finally has its chance and the current US administration cedes US interests over to them, the rest of the world will take that as a good example and all do likewise.

    The last remaining hope at that point will be for former US President Barack Obama to be commissioned by the UN to lead and be in total control and under his expert decision making the whole world will finally achieve peace, free medical care, racial harmony, non-discrimination in the provision of necessary life saving vaccines, economic equality, health and safety identification security and freedom to be whoever and whatever any person wants to become to achieve their lifelong desires.

    Disasters such as this mud slide will become relics of history once this final solution unfolds and becomes the new order of the world.

  3. Mudslides are dangerous. Been through that before. Oftentimes, an area would have miserable fires that burned off ground cover, then in the rainy season the hillsides surrounding homes would over saturate. Next you would see homes sliding off foundations, and tsunami of debris coming down roads where the storm drains had been clogged with mud and sticks.

    Best thing people can do is plant ivy, ice plants, and good ground cover around their property.

    Here in Japan I don’t see how they can prevent this problem. Better bring in some engineers and develop a plan.

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