Mie Prefecture Sinks – “This Is As Bad As The Tsunami!”


The landfall of Typhoon 12 (aka Tropical Cyclone Talas) has seen parts of Japan subject to severe flooding, with scenes of inundation reminiscent of the tsunami which devastated Fukushima earlier in the year – although at least this time there was fair warning and only two fatalities so far.


The top of a signpost:


A rather striking picture of a government river monitoring website’s efforts to cope with the water levels:


NHK provides details:

A severe tropical storm is heading north after making landfall on Japan’s southwestern island of Shikoku on Saturday morning.

The Meteorological Agency says tropical storm Talas is moving slowly north over Shikoku.

It has an atmospheric pressure of 982 hectopascals at its center and winds of up to 108 kilometers per hour.

The storm is bringing record heavy rain to western and eastern Japan.

In Kami-kitayama Village, Nara Prefecture, over 115 centimeters of rain has fallen since Tuesday.

Daisen in Tottori Prefecture has recorded more than 80 centimeters of rain and areas along mountains in Shikoku have received 80 centimeters.

Mountainous areas in Tokai and north of the Kanto region had more than 60 centimeters of rain.

Weather officials say the storm will retain strength and keep moving north, and is expected to reach the Sea of Japan coast late on Saturday night.

NHK has learned that Talas left two persons dead, 5 missing, and 47 others injured.

Authorities across the nation issued evacuation orders and advisories for more than 28,000 households, warning against swollen rivers and mudslides.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:21 03/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    just wait, sooner or later Ishihara will say:

    this is divine punishment for otaku

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    Comment by anorexic buddha
    23:45 03/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I actually think this is divine punishment for anime and loli censorship... Let us sacrifice the old malicious governor !

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 04/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i still think assassins have more success rate than rainmakers, but somebody wanted to punish ISHIT for his words in more showy way... well, ALL HAIL LOLI!!!

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    14:06 04/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    After the March 11 quake, the entire island subsided (sank) 3 meters, in some places as much as 5 meters.
    Its not a laughing matter.

    The true ugliness has yet to be seen, because of the Winter Storm Surges yet to come.

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    Comment by .
    05:03 05/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If it were punishment for Ishihara it would have hit Tokyo.

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    Comment by Reichi
    02:29 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Perhaps all this rain isn't to punish Ishihara directly, but all those who voted for him?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh god, maybe you're right. QUICK SOMEONE FIND A WAY TO APPEASE THE GODS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and where have all those people been evacuated to?

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    02:39 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fuck! If we pray enough to God maybe a lightning will strike on him.

    As for that big flood it most probably a High Tide maybe in a couple of days the water will be out...I hope.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and just who do you think would make a good replacement?
    I say f*** politics once and for all!

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    20:20 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm pretty sure Ishihara is a vampire now. Evidence mounts.

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    Comment by MK 7 DUDE
    15:31 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Shaman 1: Oh heavens! Please accept this sacrifice!
    *Offers Ishihara's carcass

    Suddenly all the rain and flood dries out!
    Resident 1: We're SAVED!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Resident 2: Now please give us loli!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 04/09/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    No its probably because Ishihara's main character in the novel decided to stick his rock hard penis through the dam instead of a Paper wall.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:26 03/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    man, sucks to be an island nation

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 06/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not really, no disasters in the UK, winds from the atlantic warm our winters and cool our summers... no hurricanes or earthquakes or tsunamis

    Comment by Anonymous

    Well in Japan you don't come to the sea the sea comes to you.

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    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    03:45 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's not like soviet Russia at all!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:39 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, No, it's "In modern Japan, sea come to YOU!"

    It still is in bad taste tho. Hope they can work this out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A good laught never kill.

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    01:26 04/09/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    =/ My Japanese sensei was from Mie. I hope she and her family are all right. I'd heard that the rest of the Kansai got very heavy rains as well, which includes my favorite city Kyoto, as well as Osaka and Kobe. I'll need to contact my friends on facebook and check with them.

    Hopefully this serves as a lesson to the idiots who got off easy in Irene and think the government overreacted, this was a weaker storm and look at how much damage it did. In any case, I hope the damage isn't as bad as some of these pictures make it look, at least over a wide scale.

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    Comment by VillainousHanacha
    03:55 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Concerning Irene, at least in NYC, the reason there was such a huge response from Mayor Bloomburg and the city government was mainly because of the 2010-2011 Blizzard that happened just after Christmas. The city didn't expect it at all, and it shut down the city for over a week. For NYC to be out of comission for that long is VERY rare. I remember the first few days that MTA buses were just left abandoned in the middle of the streets amongst the piles of snow. It was an oddly beautiful sight to behold.

    In NYC at least, the response by Bloomburg was more or less making up for the fiasco that was the Blizzard. And even though by the time it hit NYC it was downgraded to a Tropical Storm, the response taken by the city government was the right one, even though it seemed a little overzealous at the time. Sure, NYC got off very light, but the response was the right one.

    What I though was truly ridiculous was the reaction of a lot of New Yorkers to Irene. Before it was about to hit, it was still considered a category 1, and people were acting like it was the end of the world. Not only that, but people were buying more Beer than Water. The city government taking the precautions it did wasn't ridiculous. People acting like headless chickens in Supermarkets and buying more booze than water was (although I will admit that the beer over water thing was pretty damn funny).

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol that sure is a long post

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    Comment by K'
    11:44 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought there was a bit over-reaction to Irene just b/c I'm from NC. We've been through hurricanes before (I've been through the eye of at least 3) and I saw nothing that made Irene stand out. It was nothing new to us. It's unfair to compare the situation to Japan b/c Japan is an island nation. There's considerably more threats to them than there is with us. I understand what you're saying though and I'm also glad that the government did prepare.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    00:47 04/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    What?! Actual news here? On SanCom?!

    Someone please shoot me. I must be dreaming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 04/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Boom Headshot!

    Comment by GodMan
    02:10 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    With the Headshot power of a DeadShot Daiquiri

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    Comment by .
    05:04 05/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's actually a lot of actual news on SanCom, it just only comes once in a while.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:26 04/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)


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    Comment by Nindotaku
    00:27 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Quick! We need a geofront to hikikomorinize mankind from mother nature!! 2015 and third impact is coming!!! XDXD

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:27 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought the death of one man (or two) was a tragedy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interesting enough, a rather big series of tropical winds and heavy rainfall was also responsible for "cleaning up" radioactively contaminated regions in Japan after WW2. I wonder how it plays out this time. Fukushima is still far from save and it could still get worse, seeing that the region is on high alert.

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    Comment by cpc65
    04:29 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hectopascals? Now where did my handy pascals to millibars conversion chart go?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought in the first sentence it said" tales of landfall", and hoped for a new game. Talas is a cool name fora typhoon tho

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:55 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    #6 Oh my god, japan's been wiped off the map!

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    Comment by Demi-Rebel 72
    08:00 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tonados, More Earthquakes, then Hurricanes and to top it all off, Cyclones. Are these natural disasters just coincidence or all signs leading to..... The End of The World!!! Think carefully now.

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    Comment by Macchan
    16:33 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really bad to hear that. I hope not many victim on this one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 05/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan is going to sink, come to Australia!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 05/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is sad news. I hope I get to travel to japan before it's gone. Every day it seems like it getting drowned... by something... I love Japan, but its slowly turning into NeoTokyo from Akira... I hope it never comes to that, but with the weather and the person they have in power killing the anime and manga industry, it seems like Japan is falling down a slippery slope...

    Please get thru this Japan!

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    Comment by Girla PurpleHeart
    15:50 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh damn, this is even bad as Hurricane Irene. I hope people over there are OK. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:13 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bad year for Japan.

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    Comment by Tofuman
    13:53 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan just can't catch a break.

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    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    02:38 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Wow. Pretty much renders all those lines marking the flooding water levels useless, for this flood's exceeded all possible estimated flooding levels.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    I'm starting to believe that movie...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    they should go to Indonesia

    and learn how to deal with flood

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    inb4 ishihara says it's another divine punishment because they don't have enough bans

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:37 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    poor japan cant get a break.. but then again we gettin hit with hurricanes over here!! i r in nyc irene bitch slaped me lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Espero que esos ñoños sepan nadar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh man...this is like Manila back in 2009 when the Typhoon Ketsana hit the Philippines...I hope no one got seriously hurt and/or died.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 04/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You didn't read the article, did you?

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    Comment by VZ
    23:31 03/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's like watching Evangelion.

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