If Typhoon Hagibis was a massive challenge the Japanese emergency services, not many have realized that a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the east of Tokyo on Saturday (Oct 12) at about 6.22pm local time, according to the country’s meteorological agency.
The earthquake at Chiba Prefecture happened as Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the country’s coast. At least ten people have been killed in the typhoon.
The Typhoon by Sunday morning, a significantly weakened storm had moved back off land, but it left in its wake a trail of destruction and forced Rugby World Cup organisers to cancel another match.
As well as the dead many are missing as Japan assesses the damage. Hagibis smashed into the main Japanese island of Honshu around 7:00 pm (1000 GMT) Saturday as one of the most violent typhoons in recent years, with wind gusts of up to 216 kilometres per hour (134 miles per hour).
Overnight Saturday, more than seven million people were placed under non-compulsory evacuation orders, with tens of thousands heeding the call and moving into government shelters to ride out the storm.
The storm wreaked havoc even before arriving in Japan, forcing the delay of Japanese Grand Prix qualifiers as well as the cancellation of two Rugby World Cup matches.