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    Japanese Typhoon Kills 17

    Rocks are seen in a residential area following a landslide caused by Typhoon Wipha in Kamakura, south of Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo October 16, 2013. Eight people were killed and over 30 missing, with nearly 20,000 people ordered to evacuate and hundreds of flights cancelled as Typhoon Wipha pummelled the Tokyo region on Wednesday, leaving piles of wreckage on one small island but largely sparing the capital. 
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    A powerful typhoon slammed the Japanese island of Izu Oshima, south of Tokyo, on Wednesday, causing mudslides and leaving at least 17 dead and another 50 unaccounted for. Typhoon Wipha, which brought nearly five inches of rainfall, is the strongest storm to hit the Japanese region in 10 years. Operators worked to protect the Fukushima nuclear plant in preparation of the storm, and luckily the damaged facility seemed to be spared the worst of the storm. In Tokyo, flights were canceled, bullet trains suspended, and schools closed on Wednesday. “I heard a crackling sound and then the trees on the hillside all fell over,” one woman told the local news in Izu Oshima. “Then mud slid as far as the house."

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