A satellite image of Typhoon Nanmadol before it was downgraded to a cyclone.
20 Sep 2022

Super typhoon hit Japan - Hurricane Fiona struck Puerto Rico - 7,6 Earthquake in Mexico


Typhoon Nanmadol is allegedly the largest storm to have hit Japan ever. As many as 9 million people were at one point told to prepare to evacuate. 

By Tuesday, Typhoon Nanmadol was downgraded to a cyclone and many of the evacuation orders were recalled. According to the BBC, four people have died and at least 114 have been injured. 

State broadcaster NHK said one man was killed when his car was submerged in flooding, and another died after being buried in a landslide. Up to 300 000 homes lost power during the cyclone.

By Tuesday, 140,000 homes were still without electricity. The cyclone brought gusts of up to 234km/h (145mph). It is equivalent to a category four or five hurricane.

The heaviest rainfall struck the southern main island of Kyushu, where observations showed five separate weather stations picked up over a half-meter (19.69 inches) of rain in 24 hours on Sunday, according to reporting from weather blog Eye on the Storm.

Media reports on how many millions were told to evacuate have varied. On September 19, the BBC wrote that 9 millions were told to evacuate - however numbers as high as 12 million have been circulating. Japan may have avoided the worst case scenario.


Typhoon Muifa -  the strongest in China since 1949

In China, Typhoon Muifa also forced 1.6 million people from their homes mid last week. 

Muifa is the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the city of Shanghai since records began in 1949, state CCTV reports. However, there are no reports of anyone being injured.

At least 426,000 people were evacuated in Shanghai and another 1.2 million people were taken to temporary shelters in the coastal province of Zhejiang.

All passenger flights at Shanghai's two international airports were halted on Wednesday September 14. 


Hurricane Fiona struck Puerto Rico

Hurricane Fiona left large areas without electricity on Tuesday and rescuers used heavy equipment to lift survivors to safety.

Officials reported only a handful of downed trees and electric posts and no deaths within Puerto Rico. One man however has reported being killed on the French island of Guadeloupe, south east of Puerto Rico. Telecommunications on Grand Turk were severely affected. According to the Washington Post, 1,4 million people have been affected by power outages.

According to the CNN, US authorities have warned for catastrophic flooding in the wake of the hurricane. 

Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph) and was moving north-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph), according to the Hurricane Center.

Puerto Rico is an autonomous region belonging to the United States. US President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency for the region. 


Earthquake in Mexico 

A powerful 7,6 magnitude earthquake  struck Mexico's western coast on the same day the country marked the anniversaries of two devastating quakes which killed thousands of people.

According to the BBC,  US officials issued a tsunami warning on Monday night for parts of Mexico's western coastline.

On Monday, the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves as high as 3m (up to 9ft) above the tide level could hit coastal areas overnight.

The tremors originated at a depth of 15km (9.32 miles), near the town of La Placita de Morelos.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued in Mexico City after the quake, but Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that so far there had been no reports of damage.