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Heavy rain warning issued for quake-hit areas of northeastern Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency is seen in Tokyo's Minato Ward. (Mainichi/Shinji Kurokawa)

TOKYO -- Heavy rain is expected to fall on Feb. 15 in areas of northeastern Japan that were recently hit by a major quake, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

    The Pacific side of the Tohoku region, which was jolted by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Feb. 13, is expected to receive heavy rainfall of 30 millimeters per hour on Feb. 15.

    Up to 6 a.m. on Feb. 16, as much as 80 millimeters of precipitation is expected along the Pacific side of northern Japan, while 60 millimeters of rain is forecast to fall on the Sea of Japan side of the same area.

    In addition, the JMA has issued a blizzard warning, saying that there is a possibility of heavy snowfall in northern through eastern Japan, mainly on the Sea of Japan side, from Feb. 16 to around Feb. 18 due to a developing low-pressure system and a strong wintry pressure pattern.

    (Japanese original by Kohei Chiwaki, City News Department)

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