By Staff ReporterKorea, Japan — A deadly outbreak in Okinawa on Tuesday of a super typhoon has raised questions about the long-term impact of climate change and the spread of infectious diseases on Japanese islands.
The typhoon made landfall near the Japanese island of Hokkaido in the central Japanese island chain on Monday, according to the Meteorological Agency.
It was reported at around 8 a.m. local time (12 a.k.m.) and was moving at about 1 mph (2 kph), according to a local meteorological service.
A preliminary report said the typhoon was expected to hit Okinawa at 11:30 a.p.m., according to Kyodo News.
It has since weakened to a tropical depression, but it could still cause damage to major infrastructure in the Japanese islands, Kyodo reported.
The first cases of typhoon Haiyan were reported on Monday in Okinawa, which lies near the northern Japanese island nation of Hokko.