The massive storm named Vongfong is expected to be near South Korea and Japan some time over the weekend, just days after the Japanese archipelago was struck by another typhoon which claimed the lives of at least six people. The Japan Meteorological Agency was quoted as saying that Vongfong’s strength was “very much similar” to that of Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines last November, leaving nearly 8,000 people dead or missing when gusts of around 300 kilometers (190 miles) per hour tore through the country.

Alongside strong winds and heavy rain capable of causing landslides and flash floods, such super storms can also trigger an abnormal rise of water called a storm surge which is often the greatest threat to life and property. Of particular concern in Japan is the area around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant which is still recovering from the 2011 quake and tsunami disaster that triggered a meltdown at the plant. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog