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Culture & Living, Far East


A powerful typhoon hit Hong Kong and the southern China coast on Monday, killing at least 20 people on the mainland, crippling power lines and causing flooding and gale force winds, Reuters reported.

Typhoon Usagi, the strongest storm to hit the Western Pacific this year, began pounding the Asian financial center late on Sunday. More than 370 flights were canceled.


A strong earthquake struck wide areas of north-eastern and eastern Japan on Wednesday, the Meteorological Agency said, dpa reported.

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The agency said the magnitude-6.9 quake struck at 9:19 am (GMT 0019), and was centred off Torishima, 600 kilometres south of Tokyo, at a depth of 400 kilometres.

Tokyo Electric Power Co said there were no abnormalities at its damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.


A magnitude-6 earthquake jolted wide areas of north-eastern Japan on Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said, dpa reported.

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of injuries, dead or damage.

The agency said the quake struck at 12:29 pm (GMT 0328) and was centred off the Miyagi prefecture at a depth of 50 kilometres.


Storms and torrential rain caused widespread flooding and landslides that left at least 33 people dead and 12 missing in southern China, the government said on Friday, dpa reported.

At least 19 died and 11 were missing in the worst-hit province of Guangdong after rainstorms swept across most parts of southern China from Tuesday, the Ministry of Civil Affairs reported.

The storms, floods and landslides destroyed 2,675 houses and affected some 650,000 people in Guangdong, provincial officials said.


A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck eastern Japan Monday afternoon, the Meteorological Agency said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property. The agency did not issue a tsunami warning, dpa reported.

The epicentre of the 4:23 pm (0723 GMT) quake was in northern Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, with a depth of 10 kilometres, the agency said.


A landslide in south-western China early Friday killed at least 32 people and left dozens missing, officials said, dpa reported.

The death toll reached 32 as rescue workers sifted through the debris, the local authorities of Zhenxiong county in Yunnan province said on its website.

The search was continuing for less than 10 people still missing.

The landslide destroyed 14 houses and damaged another two in Gaopo village, 550 kilometres north-east of the provincial capital, Kunming, county police said.

It occurred at 8:20 am (0200 GMT), the official Xinhua news agency reported.


Eleven children died after a minivan carrying them to their kindergarten plunged into a pond in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi, state media said on Tuesday, DPA reported.
The van was carrying 15 children and a teacher through a rural area of Jiangxi's Guixi city on Monday when it left the road and fell into the pond, which was some 3-4 metres deep.

Three children died at the scene of the accident and eight others died in hospital after emergency treatment failed to save them, the government's Xinhua news agency said.


A highway tunnel collapsed in central Japan Sunday, leaving two people injured and at least seven missing while a fire broke out inside, dpa reported.

Three vehicles were trapped inside the 4.7-kilometer Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway, the Kyodo News agency reported.

Two cars were crushed in the tunnel in Otsuki, about 80 kilometres west of Tokyo, after the 20-centimetre-thick ceiling collapsed in one section, Kyodo said.

One injured woman told rescue workers she had escaped from a car in which six people were traveling, Kyodo reported.


A powerful typhoon was moving closer to southern Japanese islands Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, warning of high waves, strong winds and heavy rains, dpa reported.

Stormy weather travelling ahead of Typhoon Jelawat, the 17th of this season, had already enveloped Ishigaki Island, the agency said.

As of 2 pm (0500 GMT), Jelawat was 130 kilometres south of Ishigaki island, travelling north-northeast at a speed of 15 kilometres per hour (kph), the agency said.

The typhoon is feared to hit Okinawa Island Saturday, the agency said.


A powerful typhoon slammed into the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, causing power outages in widespread areas, as authorities warned of winds, high waves and mudslides in the region, dpa reported according to news reports said on Monday.

Typhoon Bolaven, the 15th of the season, passed over Okinawa Sunday night, bringing downpours and strong winds. Seven people suffered storm-related injuries on the island and in Kagoshima prefecture on the southern tip of Kyushu island to the north, broadcaster NHK reported.