06.05 2020

Deadly Typhoon Hagibis in Japon

Image Deadly Typhoon Hagibis in Japon

Typhoon Hagibis was the most devastating typhoon that has ever hit mainland Japan. It struck the country from October 6 up to October 13, 2019. The damages that it caused were so inestimable. That is why peace activists, generous donors, politicians, and celebrities joined their efforts to bring their support for the victims.

The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) was among the ones which has brought their share to support the disaster-stricken victims. Read more and find out about the most powerful storm in Japan's history.

The storm was too violent

Typhoon Hagibis was the worst storm that Japan has ever known. It started from the 38th depression. It occurred during the Pacific typhoon season in 2019. Before it hit the country, 2 other typhoons had already struck inland Japan. However, the third one was the deadliest because it was the tallest and the largest. Its diameter measured 825 nautical miles (950 miles), which equals 1529 km. The material loss caused by the typhoon may be estimated at more than US$5 billion.

The wind traveled so fast at a speed of 120 mph (195 km/h), with a central pressure of 914 hPa (27.01 inHg). On October 13, it was reported in the news that the typhoon had made 30 casualties and that 15 people went missing. Typhoon Hagibis caused considerable damages to the country, including landfall in Japan and in the Izu Peninsula; other landfalls occurred in the Tokyo and in other areas in Japan.

It developed into a tropical depression

  • On October 2, a tropical wave raised 200 miles from the north of the Marshall Islands. The waves became stronger and developed into a red tropical cyclone, which later turned into a typhoon. Alerts were sent on radios to warn coastal inhabitants about its speed and strength. Right from the beginning, it was noticed that it could rapidly develop into a tropical depression.
  • On October 3, the Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a warning about the rapid development of the storm from the coastal area. In addition, Typhoon Warning Center began to release reports informing people about a Tropical Depression, known as 20W.
  • On October 4, the depression‘s intensity remained constant.
  • On October 5, it headed westward to Mariana Islands; but its power has rapidly become more and more intense. Due to its intensity, the Japanese Meteorological Agency named it "Hagibis", from the Filipino word "speed".

How it developed at a fast rate

On October 6, the temperatures of the surface sea and the wind shear have changed. These created the formation of a tropical cyclone, whose power has become more and more intensified. As a result, in more than 1o hours,it had turned out into a category 5 super typhoon, under the name Hagibis.

And it was the third pacific typhoon in 2019 in Japan. Fortunately, the Mariana Islands are uninhabited; otherwise, it could have wiped out an entire population. The meteorologists identified its pinhole eye. The damage was so considerable that it even led to a landfall on the Northern Mariana Islands.

It gained more power inland

Inland, the typhoon's intensity remained unchanged; and its form then developed into an eyewall replacement cycle, like any other violent tropical cyclones. Torrential rain accompanied the storm; but as the inland condition did not allow its inner eyewall to moisturize, the typhoon then gradually lost its strength. Cloud-like substances filled its eye, and the typhoon's intensity weakened more and more as it encountered high wind shear.

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