TOKYO: ‘ POWERFUL TYPHOON VONFONG CHURNS UP READY TO HIT MAINLAND JAPAN MIDDAY MONDAY ‘

#AceWorldNews  – TOKYO – Braces itself for another powerful Typhoon called Vongfong which is presently churning toward Japan’s main islands Sunday after strong winds and heavy rain left 35 injured in the south.

The monster storm hit the southern Okinawan islands on Saturday and is now moving toward the main Kyushu and Honshu islands, where it is due to make landfall as early as Monday morning, the national weather agency said.

Vongfong—the season’s 19th typhoon—was in the southern area of Kagoshima at midday Sunday, the meteorological agency said, placing it around 230 kilometers west of Amami-Oshima island. 

It is packing gusts of up to 180 kilometers per hour as it moves north-northwest.

“The typhoon is expected to make landfall on Kyushu on Monday morning,” meteorologist Hiroshi Sasaki told reporters of AFP that it will hit landfall around midday Monday.

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` Earthquake 6.3 Magnitude hits South Coast of Japan – Unconfirmed Reports ‘

#AceBreakingNews A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck off the south coast of Japan, 13 kilometers north of the city Kunisaki-shi, located on the southern Kyushu Island, according to the US Geological Survey.

The epicenter fell at a depth of 82.9km, striking off the coast at the intersection between Kyushu, the main island of Honshu, and Shikoku, at 2:06 a.m. on Friday (1706 GMT on Thursday).

A 6.3 earthquake is capable of causing ‘serious damage’, according to the USGS, while earthquakes measuring between 6.0 and 6.9 on the Richter scale can be felt up to hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter.

The quake struck 36 km south-south-west of the city of Hikari, western Honshu, which has a population of over 50,000 people.

No reports of damage or casualties have immediately followed. The USGS has released a pager ‘green’ alert, meaning that “there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.”

This is at present an unconfirmed report and waiting for further information …….

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