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2 feared dead, 20 missing after large mudslide hits Atami

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Absolutely awful scenes. Hope and pray for the missing.

When is Japan going to catch a break for once?

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Here's a video of the landslide in action. Scary stuff.

https://9gag.com/gag/aNp3xwr

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Another, consolidated. :(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDAMmB_LMhY

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Pretty please make sure you are aware of your temporary evacuation site (Temporary assembly point).

Lectures for Foreign Students on Disaster Control

https://www.jpss.jp/en/life/crisis/5/

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And more. Horrific.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6EYJ3Bk13k

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I went past Atami on the way to another part of Shizuoka just a couple of weeks ago. It’s a charming looking place.

Hope they get as much assistance as necessary. Who knows, maybe the national government will get off their knees in front of the IOC and do something for their own people.

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My in-laws said that the footage reminded them of 3.11. The scale isn't the same, obviously, but if you've seen the videos, the sheer force of the landslide is terrifying.

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My in-laws said that the footage reminded them of 3.11. The scale isn't the same, obviously, but if you've seen the videos, the sheer force of the landslide is terrifying.

It is similar, sure. (Judging purely from videos) It's sickening and depressing...

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Shocking, stressful, friends in that area. Life can be very fragile.

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Saw footage of the landslide on TV and it was scary. I hope there were no people in the houses that were swept away.

Also the rescue teams were very close to the landslide, hope none of them were hurt!

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BBC reporter suggested cutting trees of the upper mountain of the area to build solar panels might have contributed to the disaster.

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It seems like we got two rainy seasons this year. People living in or near mountainous areas should be extra careful this week.

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obladi: "It seems like we got two rainy seasons this year."

Or else it's just raining a lot. Doesn't have to be a label for everything, or else this would technically be the third, since we had the "early rainy season" start in May... before it was called the "fake rainy season" and the "real rainy season" started.

Stay safe, peeps. As has been said above, learn and remember your evacuation centers.

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Downvote if you must but jgov should force people living in these clearly vulnerable areas to move. Its insane to live on a cliff like this in Japan.

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Saw the video, thank you Thomas, Unbelievable force and speed.

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wife’s family had a place on the mountainside in Atami up above Kinomiya Jinja since about 1976. Mother in law just sold it last year. Have spent a lot of time there. There are places that could break loose all over the city. This is scary as hell. Also the slide made it all the way to the coast, meaning route 135 and the Atami beach line toll road access routes from Kanto were both severed. Heavy equipment for cleanup has to come in from the west or over the Hakone mountain range. Roads there are tight, steep and winding meaning access can be challenging even under normal conditions.

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 There are places that could break loose all over the city. 

So people should seriously consider moving, right?

Is there something wrong with this opinion? Should people live in a red zone and just hope for the best? Then if something bad happens shouganai. Its crazy.

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Should people live in a red zone and just hope for the best? 

I mean, you have a point, but don’t think the Govt can force it.

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Most of Japan is vulnerable to one type of disaster or another. There is not a place to move everyone.

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@Thomas Tank

Thanks for the Tik Tok clip. Looked like the white car got away in time but the I hope he didn't get swept away by the slide seconds later.

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@Kurumazaka

@chabbawanga

like doing something about a population after it’s born is much harder than birth control, same say no to planning permission easier than moving house, but this is different Government on purpose made it worse;vanityofvanitiesToday  06:31 pm JST

BBC reporter suggested cutting trees of the upper mountain of the area to build solar panels might have contributed to the disaster.

Yes it did !

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The witness videos are heartbreaking. Deepest condolences to those affected.

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Japan is brimmed with too many natural disasters caused by typhoons, disastrous heavy rain, earthquakes, volcanic eruption and tsunamis. So, it must always be prepared to deal with such perennial disasters.

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So people should seriously consider moving, right?

Is there something wrong with this opinion? Should people live in a red zone and just hope for the best? Then if something bad happens shouganai. Its crazy.

The same debate occurs in the US. There are arguments that various levels of government should not allow homes to be rebuilt in the same vulnerable places after they are either burned or flooded out. Those places are not limited to western mountains, but also flood prone areas along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Some years ago the state of California tried to add a fire fighting surcharge to the taxes of home and business owners in high fire danger regions to partially pay for the increasingly high cost of fighting these fires to protect these very properties. That didn't go very far. Now it seems insurance companies are refusing to insure homes and businesses in these areas, which will make new mortgages impossible to fund.

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