Japan’s Deadliest Storm

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

Slightly elevated photo showing a pile of debris near the coast, with some onlookers nearby.

Damage to a seawall caused by Typhoon Vera. In the background is the ship Changsha beached by the storm.

Next week marks the anniversary of Typhoon Vera, which hit Japan in 1959, where it is the strongest and deadliest storm on record.

Indeed, it is the third deadliest natural disaster there in the 20thC. Only the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995 took more lives.

The Hurricane Science website carries this account:

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