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9月15日号 台風21号 近畿に甚大な被害 関空水没

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trigger
引き起こす
(storm) surge
高潮(たかしお)(後出 storm tide も同意、tide level は潮位、surge above ~はここでは~を超える)
wreak havoc on ~
~に大被害をもたらす
surpass ~
~を上回る
tally
集計
high
最高値(後出observation pointは観測地点)
flood
水浸しにする
artificial
人工の
off the coast
沖に
bay
ram into ~
~に衝突する(写真説明の crash into ~も同意)
mainland
本土
pier
橋台
(be) stranded
取り残される
(be) evacuated
避難する(後出 take shelter も同意、evacuation advisory は避難勧告)
gateway
玄関口
resume
再開する(後出 reopen も同意)
runway
滑走路
blackout
停電
extensive
広範囲にわたる
household
世帯
Kansai ... Co.
関西電力
Fire ... Agency
消防庁

Terrible Typhoon   

A powerful typhoon triggered a historic 3.29-meter storm surge in Osaka Prefecture on Sept. 4, wreaking havoc on air and land transportation services, including Kansai International Airport.

The surge surpassed the previous record of 2.93 meters in 1961, which was due to a typhoon that killed 194 people. This season's 21st typhoon left at least 13 people dead, according to a tally by the Mainichi Shimbun. Tide levels surged above past highs at six observation points in the Kinki and other regions, including Osaka and the city of Kobe, where 2.33 meters was recorded. The previous highest mark was 2.30 meters in Kobe.

The storm tide and huge waves flooded Kansai International Airport, which is located on an artificial island 5 kilometers off the coast in Osaka Bay. Moreover, a tanker pushed by the strong winds rammed into a bridge that serves as the only route to the airport from the mainland, badly damaging part of the bridge's piers. Some 8,000 air travelers as well as employees were stranded and were later evacuated by speedboat and bus.

Kansai International Airport, which is the biggest economic gateway in western Japan, resumed flights on one of its two runways on Sept. 7. It also seeks to partially reopen the other runway by the middle of this month.

The typhoon also caused blackouts across extensive areas of the Kinki region. Power was cut to over 2.1 million households, according to Kansai Electric Power Co.

Many residents of areas affected by the typhoon took shelter. As of noon on Sept. 4, evacuation advisories were issued for over 1.1 million people in more than 550,000 households across 10 prefectures including Hyogo, Nara, Osaka and Kagawa, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported.

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