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High waves in Aki, Kochi Prefecture on Thursday.
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Photos: Japan is rocked by its most powerful typhoon in 25 years

By Johnny Simon

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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Kansai International Airport is partly inundated following a powerful typhoon.
Typhoon Jebi
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Kansai International Airport is partly inundated following a powerful typhoon.
Typhoon Jebi
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A tanker is seen after it slammed into the side of a bridge connecting the airport to the mainland.
Typhoon Jebi
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A tanker that crashed into the bridge linking Kansai International Airport with mainland near Osaka.
Typhoon Jebi
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Pedestrians using umbrellas struggle against strong wind and rain in Tokyo.
Typhoon Jebi
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A traffic light collapsed due to strong winds generated by typhoon Jebi in Osaka.
Typhoon Jebi
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A boy walks past an uprooted tree in the Osaka suburb of Sakai.
Typhoon Jebi
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High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture.
Typhoon Jebi
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Boats float along with debris during Typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya City.
Typhoon Jebi
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Vehicles damaged by Typhoon Jebi are seen in Osaka.
Typhoon Jebi
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A tree damaged by Typhoon Jebi is seen in front of the Heian Shrine in Kyoto.
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