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Landslide on Izu Oshima Island, Japan

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Type of Event:
Landslide
Location of Event:
Izu Oshima, Japan
Date of Charter Activation:
16 October 2013
Charter Requestor:
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on behalf of Ministry of Land and Transportation
Project Management:
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Description of the event

Typhoon Wipha has passed over the island of Izu Oshima, south of Tokyo, bringing strong winds and 80cm of rain in 24 hours. 14 people have been reported killed in the resulting landslides, so far, as houses were buried or destroyed and many more are currently unaccounted for.

The Japan Meteorological Agency have reported the storm as the most powerful in ten years to pass through the area and the amount of rain has surpassed their records, which dates back to 1991. 122mm of rain fell in just one hour on Wednesday morning.

20,000 people were ordered to evacuate as the typhoon approached Japan and the storm moved northwards over the mainland of Japan after passing Izu Oshima.

Due to the landslides, rescue efforts are being hampered on Izu Oshima; as affected areas are proving difficult to reach and search. Almost 300 homes have been destroyed on the island and the full extent of the damage is still being assessed.

Landslide on Izu Oshima Island, Japan

Source: ALOS - PRISM and AVNIR-2
Pleiades
Acquired: ALOS: 14/07/2006 and 08/02/2010
Pleiades: 18/10/2013

Copyright: ALOS: JAXA
Pleiades © CNES 2013 - Distribution: Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by JAXA

Landslide on Izu Oshima Island, Japan

Source: ALOS - PRISM and AVNIR-2
RADARSAT-2
Acquired: ALOS: 14/07/2006
RADARSAT-2: 15/12/2012 and 23/10/2013

Copyright: ALOS: JAXA
RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2013) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by JAXA

Landslide on Izu Oshima Island, Japan

Source: ALOS - PRISM and AVNIR-2
RapidEye
Acquired: ALOS: 10/12/2010
RapidEye: 17/10/2013

Copyright: JAXA and RapidEye
Map produced by JAXA

Landslides on Izu Oshima Island, Japan

Source: ALOS - PRISM and AVNIR-2
TerraSAR-X
Acquired: ALOS: 14/07/2006
TerraSAR-X: 22/11/2010 and 18/10/2013

Copyright: ALOS - JAXA
TerraSAR-X © German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2013 Astrium Services / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by JAXA