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Typhoon smashes into Japan

world Updated: Sep 21, 2011 23:42 IST

A powerful typhoon struck Japan on Wednesday, killing six people, disrupting public transportation and pummeling Tokyo and northeastern Japan including the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant with heavy rain, officials and media said.

Typhoon Roke, the second big storm to hit Japan this month, was packing winds of up to 180 km per hour at its centre and dumped more than 30 cm of rain in parts of northeastern Japan over the past 24 hours, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 struck eastern and northeastern Japan at about 10:30pm as the storm passed through the area that was damaged by a massive quake and tsunami in March, the Meteorological Agency said.

No tsunami alert was issued and no abnormalities were reported at the Fukushima nuclear power plant following the quake, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant 240 km northeast of Tokyo, said the typhoon had so far caused no damage to the plant.

About 200,000 people were ordered or advised to evacuate their homes, public broadcaster NHK reported.