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Event Details

Heatwave event report

Category: Heatwave
Observation: 22.07.2010
Continent: Asia
Country: Japan
State: MultiPrefectures
Area: Prefectures of Tochigi, Fukuoka, Gunma and the Capital City
Severity: Hight
Event details
The heat wave took its toll across Japan on Wednesday as five elderly people died due to heat exhaustion, according to local fire departments. In the city of Moka in Tochigi Prefecture, an 83-year-old woman collapsed in a field apparently due to heat exhaustion and was soon pronounced dead, while a 79-year-old man was found dead in a field in the city of Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture. In the town of Kanda in Fukuoka Prefecture, an 86-year-old woman, who collapsed in a field and was taken to a nearby hospital, died later, while two men in Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures died of heat exhaustion, according to the local fire departments. By 11 p.m., 177 people in Tokyo had been taken to hospitals due to heat exhaustion, with nine of them in serious condition, including an 89-year-old woman who became unconscious, according to the Tokyo Fire Department. Tatebayashi in Gunma Prefecture saw a temperature of 38.9 C on Wednesday afternoon, the day’s highest in Japan, due to a high-pressure system in the Pacific Ocean, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. In Tokyo, the Otemachi business district became the first location in the nation’s capital to see the mercury exceed the 35 C mark this year at 36.2 C shortly after 2 p.m. The high-pressure system spread over a wide area of Japan, except for Hokkaido and Okinawa Prefecture. Temperatures climbed to 30 C or higher in all of Japan’s 47 prefectures, the agency said, adding 676 observation stations nationwide saw temperatures above 30 C. Among the stations, 106 saw the mercury exceeding the 35 C mark. Record-high figures were observed in four locations in Gunma, Tochigi and Shimane prefectures. The heat was particularly intense in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, at 38.5 C, the Saitama Prefecture town of Yorii at 38.2 C, the city of Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, at 37.7 C and Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, at 37.6 C.
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