5 dead in blizzard in Japan

Affected by the strong cold air and the winter air pressure distribution, a large area of Japan centered on the Sea of Japan side experienced heavy snowfall on the 13th, resulting in 5 deaths and many injuries.

According to Japanese media reports, as of 8 p.m. on the 13th, the 6-hour snowfall in Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano Prefecture reached 46 cm. The 6-hour snowfall in Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture reached 41 cm.

In addition, there are strong winds and large waves along the coast of the Sea of Japan. The maximum wind speed observed at Tottori Airport that day was 24.2 meters per second.

The blizzard killed five people in Hokkaido and Akita prefectures on the 13th and injured many others. The traffic hub of Koriyama Station in Fukushima Prefecture of the Tohoku Shinkansen failed. The uplink and downlink lines from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori were temporarily suspended.

The Japan Meteorological Agency predicts that blizzard weather will continue in northern Japan on the 14th. Snow in some areas may increase rapidly in a short period of time.

The Meteorological Agency warns people to be aware of high winds and high waves. Be alert to the impact of blizzards on traffic.

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