Here is our latest video update on Typhoon Bopha (Bagyong Pablo) as well as on the earthquake that happened in Northeastern Japan today.
A 7.3 Magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Northeastern Japan at 5:20pm Japan Time. The epicenter was traced 280km east of Sendai or about 460km northeast of Tokyo. A Tsunami Warning has been issued by JMA for Miyagi Prefecture while a Tsunami Advisory has been issued for Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, and Ibaraki Prefectures. As of posting time, authorities have measured a 1 meter wave height in the town of Ishinomaki. No reports of damages so far. Please head to our special article for the latest updates on the earthquake; click HERE
Meanwhile, Bopha has re-intensified into a Typhoon over the South China Sea. The system has also begun to move northeastward contrary to forecasts made yesterday. This could put the system towards Northern Luzon by early next week. Thankfully, we do expect Bopha to begin weakening by Sunday. However, its remnants can still bring rain showers across Northern and Western Luzon over the coming days.
IR Image from NOAA
As for Mindanao, death toll has now reached 400 today and damages have reached the 4 billion peso mark. Light rains could hamper relief operations in the region as a weak disturbance will move in from the east. Light rains are possible across Mindanao tomorrow and could result to as much as 50mm of rain.