While the summer rainy season is well underway in Japan, most parts of the country have seen very little of the heavy rainfall that usually marks the month of June. It seems that may change later this week, as Typhoon Yagi is currently headed towards the main island of Honshu, said the Japan Meteorological Agency on Wednesday. As one of the year's first typhoons, it appears another of Japan's summer weather staples will soon be present.
A team of Japanese meteorological researchers has succeeded in testing a method of producing artificial rain, and it has worked for two consecutive years now. The method consists mainly of spraying liquid carbonic acid at extremely low temperatures to induce more precipitation from rain clouds.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck on Friday afternoon to the north of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost islands, and far east of Russia. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed the quake as well, taking place at 12:05 PM local time, however Japanese authorities have confirmed there is no need for a tsunami warning.
A series of earthquakes, the strongest tremor measured at magnitude 6.2 by Japan Meteorological Agency, literally stirred up in the residents of Miyake Island memories of the volcanic eruption in 2000 that caused the evacuation of the whole island. The authorities were quick to assure the residents that the quake was not volcanic in nature, and that no one was killed or seriously hurt.
Miyake Island was rocked by at least a dozen earthquakes on Wednesday, with the strongest being at magnitude 6.2 according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. There hasn't been any report of the possibility of a tsunami and as of this time, there were no injuries or damaged properties reported.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has reported that a low pressure system storm caused by typhoon-like winds worked its way across the country over the weekend and into Monday, leaving extensive damage and affecting public train routes, along with injuring a number of people. Both the western and eastern parts of the country experienced heavy rainfall by Saturday evening, with the JMA issuing warnings for wind speeds as high as 126 kilometers per hour (78 mph) and waves as large as 6 to 8 meters in coastal areas.
The US Geological Survey revealed on Tuesday morning that an undersea earthquake measuring a 6.0 magnitude occurred off the coast of northeastern Japan during the early morning hours. Taking place at 4:53 AM local time, the quake hit roughly 107 kilometers (66.5 miles) east of Miyako, Iwate Prefecture.
Tokyo residents woke up to a clear and sunny Sunday, but by afternoon, the city was blanketed by brown dust, causing some to panic that the toxic cloud from China has finally descended on the city. But according to meteorologists, the culprit for this is a sudden cold front.
Google’s Public Alerts system that helps circulate information about emergencies through its Web services finds its way to Japan. “With nearly 5,000 earthquakes a year, it’s important for people in Japan to have crisis preparedness and response information available at their fingertips. And from our own research, we know that when a disaster strikes, people turn to the Internet for more information about what is happening,” according to Google’s official blog.