Japan has been having a really, really, really bad day. I’m not talking your standard, run of the mill bad day where you wake up late for work, have to sit in traffic for an hour, and then finally make it in the building only to have your boss spending the next hour yelling at you about how you need to straighten up and fly right.
I’m talking the kind of bad day that involves an assortment of plagues that may or may not be the result of the wrath of an angry deity.
It all started when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chiba prefecture:
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit the Kanto region around 6:22 p.m. on Saturday, recording a 4 on Japan’s quake intensity scale of 7 in southern Chiba Prefecture and 3 in the 23 wards of central Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said.
The epicenter was located off Chiba Prefecture. No tsunami warning has been issued.
Luckily no one was injured in this earthquake. One person, however, was killed when a cyclone touched down in Chiba.
Did I mention that the cyclone was caused by Typhoon Hagibis, a Category 5 storm which made landfall late Saturday night just a few hours after the earthquake?
I’m pretty sure I did.
Typhoon Hagibis, Japan’s largest storm in decades, lashed the country’s northeast early Sunday morning, just hours after hitting the Tokyo region with heavy rain and high winds that forced many residents to move to evacuation centers.
Record rains flooded rivers, pushed dams to their limits and caused several landslides. An earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude also shook Chiba, east of Tokyo, early Saturday evening.
One death was reported in a cyclone in Chiba, and NHK, the public broadcaster, reported that another person died after a landslide crushed his home in Tomioka City in Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo. Thirteen other people were missing, NHK said. Landslides were also reported in Sagamihara, a suburb of the city, and in Shizuoka, a coastal city to the southwest.
The storm made landfall around 7 p.m. on Saturday in Ito, a resort town on the Izu Peninsula, also southwest of Tokyo.
By midnight, the rain and wind had moved past the capital, leaving some flooding in the city’s west.
Typhoon Hagibis at one point boasted wind gusts of over 160 mph, and has caused massive flooding in over 30 rivers across the island nation.
To top it all off, the Aso volcano in Kyushu is currently undergoing a “minor activity or eruption warning.”
I hate to say it, but this is what the nation of Japan gets for foisting tentacle porn on poor, unsuspecting rubes like Kurt Eichenwald.