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Photos: Japan is rocked by its most powerful typhoon in 25 years

Kyodo via Reuters
High waves in Aki, Kochi Prefecture on Thursday.
  • Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Deputy Photo Editor

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Typhoon Jebi made landfall in Japan on Tuesday (Sept. 4), making it one of the strongest storms to hit the country in 25 years. At least six people have died as a result of the storm so far. In Osaka, flooding led to the closing of Kansai International Airport, with pictures showing the airport’s runways covered in water. More than 1 million people have been evacuated from vulnerable areas, according to Reuters.

Extreme weather has taken a toll on the country in recent months. An early summer typhoon flooded many rural areas, causing landslides, and a record-setting heat wave in early August killed dozens.

Photos from Jebi’s landfall Tuesday show gargantuan waves towering over seaside walls, mangled infrastructure, and even a massive tanker that ran aground into a bridge.

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