Japan's Kanto region experienced an unusual triple emergency event Saturday, as it was simultaneously affected by an earthquake, tornado, and typhoon. The morning began with a magnitude 5.7 earthquake that jolted area residents, with an epicentre off the coast of Chiba, near Tokyo. This was followed by a tornado touchdown in Ichihara City, and the landfall of Typhoon Hagibis later in the day. The storm is anticipated to be the worst Japan has experienced in 60 years, leading to widespread power outages, cancelling of domestic and international flights, and mobilization of police and military troops.
Japan accounts for approximately 20% of the world's earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.0 or greater, and typically experiences several typhoons and tornadoes each year.
Photo: Shinjuku, Tokyo
Credit: George Kedenburg III