China is grappling with a typhoon today while Tokyo is recovering from an early morning earthquake.
Tokyo suffered a 7.1 magnitude earthquake at 7:55 pm local time Sunday according the the U.S. Geological Survey with an off-coast epicenter 303 kilometers (188 miles) deep. The Japan Meteorological Agency placed the magnitude of the Tokyo earthquake slightly lower at 6.9.
According to the U.S.G.S., 4.5 magnitude aftershocks have been detected.
Japan suffers 20% of the world’s most powerful earthquakes the Wall Street Journal said today in its report on the Tokyo earthquake.
The National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on the alert for tsunamis resulting from today’s earthquake in Tokyo has not issued any warnings.
With damage reports from the Tokyo earthquake still preliminary, CNN is reporting that at least 84 people, were injured, 3 killed and 5 are missing. One of the men who died was buried in a landslide and another struck by a truck. Structural damage from today’s Tokyo earthquake includes buckled roadways and collapsed bridges.
The force of the earthquake broke window glass and dislodged objects that are said to be responsible for some of the injuries.
China’s Typhoon Morakot
While Japan recovers from the Tokyo earthquake, China is grappling with Typhoon Morakot. Typhoon Morakot led to the displacement of 1 million residents of eastern China. Chinese officials are pedaling bicycles to deliver food to residents forced to flee the typhoon and trapped by raging floodwaters unleased by the China typhoon.
Preliminary reports on the China typhoon indicate that a 4 year old boy died when a house fell on him, two men drowned, and a woman was killed when her car careened into a ditch. 31 additional people have been reported missing and are presumed dead, according to the Press Association. The destructive typhoon bearing 119 kph (74 mph) winds and torrents of rain has destroyed 300 houses and caused massive flooding in Taiwan.
What makes a storm a typhoon? A typhoon is a tropical cyclone specific to the Pacific and Indian oceans and is characterized by speeds of at least 74 mph. As typhoons approach land, they create massive ocean surges called seawalls that overtake coastal lands.
Typhoon Morakot’s Destructive Past
Before slamming China, Typhoon Morakot struck the Philippines where it was responsible for 24 deaths. The typhoon triggered landslides and washed out roads. The Philippine government is undertaking relief operations to assist the 73,000 residents affected by Typhoon Morakot’s destructive pass-through.
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