(TWC) TOKYO — A powerful typhoon lashed Japan with torrential rain Monday, leaving two dead as it damaged homes and flooded parts of the country’s popular tourist destination of Kyoto, where 260,000 people were ordered to evacuate to shelters.
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has shaken Japan, with residents of the capital, Tokyo, reporting significant shaking on social media sites.
There have been no immediate reports of casualties, and local authorities say there is no risk of a tsunami.
The quake was given a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, with the USGS later grading it 6.5.
The quake struck at 0018 GMT at a depth of 404 kilometres (251 miles), the USGS said.
“The epicentre is in the Pacific, hundreds of kilometres (miles) south of Tokyo. We see no risk of a tsunami,” a spokesman for the Japanese weather agency said.
Fukushima operator TEPCO reported there were no new problems at the stricken nuclear plant.
The epicentre of the quake was near the Izu Islands, south of Tokyo.
Japan’s defense ministry says jets scrambled after 2 Russian Tu-95 bombers entered Japanese airspace near Okinoshima island
TOKYO: Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday after a pair of Russian bombers briefly intruded into the country’s airspace, officials said.
The two Tu-95 planes breached airspace near the isle of Okinoshima, off Fukuoka in southern Japan, for nearly two minutes shortly after midday (0300 GMT), a defence ministry spokesman said.
“A total of four F-2 planes from the Air Self-Defense Force scrambled against them,” the official said.
The Japanese foreign ministry said it filed a formal protest with the Russian embassy in Tokyo over the violation and urged them to investigate it.
In February, two Russian Su-27 fighters breached Japan’s airspace for just over a minute off the northern island of Hokkaido, Japanese officials said at that time, in what was reported to be the first such incident in five years.
Tokyo and Moscow never signed a peace treaty after World War II. Despite an important commercial relationship, they remain at loggerheads over the sovereignty of islands north of the Japanese main island of Hokkaido.
Japan is also at odds with China over the sovereignty of an island chain near Taiwan, in a particularly bitter dispute that has seen both sides scramble aircraft.
TOKYO — A US military helicopter crashed Monday at an American base on the southern island of Okinawa, and all four crew members are believed to have survived, Japanese and US officials said.
The HH-60 rescue helicopter, which belongs to Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base, was on an unspecified training mission when it crashed at Camp Hansen, a US Air Force statement said.
Television footage showed smoke rising from a spot in the forest, with a mangled object that appeared to be the frame of the helicopter ablaze.
The US statement said the cause of the crash was not known, and did not elaborate on the condition of the four crew members on board.