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Alerte maximale maintenue au Japon pendant le passage du méga-typhon Neoguri

Par Marie Mutricy, France Bleu lundi 7 juillet 2014 à 18:35

Image satellite du typhon Neoguri qui se dirige vers le Japon
Image satellite du typhon Neoguri qui se dirige vers le Japon © MaxPPP

Neoguri, c'est le premier typhon de 2014, et le phénomène s'annonce très violent. L'alerte maximale est maintenue mardi soir pour les îles de l'extrême Sud du Japon, dont Okinawa. Il y a déjà plusieurs dizaines de blessés et les autorités souhaitent évacuer plus d'un demi-million de personnes.

L'extrême sud du Japon, dont l'île d'Okinawa, est toujours en alerte maximale pour le passage du méga-typhon Neoguri, mardi soir. Rafales de vent très violentes, pluies torrentielles et vagues gigantesques ont déjà deferlés toute la journée sur les zones méridionales. Au moins 25 personnes ont été blessées selon la chaîne de télévision publique japonaise NHK et un homme de 62 ans est mort au large de Kochi, plus au nord-est de la zone touchée.

A Okinawa, environ 70.000 foyers étaient privés d'éléctricité et il était difficile voire impossible de se servir de son téléphone mobile.

Dans ce reportage de la NHK, le caméraman au volant d'une voiture passe juste au moment où un réservoir d'eau tombe à cause des violentes rafales de vent.

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Saisie d'écran d'un reportage de la NHK sur le typhon Neoguri
](http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140708_34.html "Regardez ce reportage de la télévision publique japonaise sur le typhon Neoguri") 

Depuis l'espace, l'astronaute allemand Alexander Gerst, à bord de la station spatiale internationale, a pris une photo du typhon Neoguri.

"On était juste au-dessus du super typhon Neoguri , écrit le spationaute. Il est vraiment ENORME. Fais gaffe, Japon ! "

Le typhon se déplace à la vitesse d'un TGV

Car Neoguri va vite, très vite. Les rafales de vent atteindront des pointes à 270km/h, comme un train à grande vitesse Shinkansen, soulignent les médias japonais. C'est l'équivalent de notre TGV .****

Pour tenter de limiter la casse, des pêcheurs ont hissé leurs bateaux à quai et les ont arrimés.

Des pêcheurs du sud du Japon arriment leurs bateaux à terre avant le passage du méga-typhon Neoguri - Maxppp
Des pêcheurs du sud du Japon arriment leurs bateaux à terre avant le passage du méga-typhon Neoguri © Maxppp

Une violence inédite

Un responsable de l'agence météo a ainsi prévenu que le typhon Neoguri, ce qui signifie "raton laveur" en coréen, pourrait atteindre une violence quasi inédite. "Il s'agit d'une situation exceptionnelle, avec un énorme danger potentiel" a-t-il rappelé. "C'est le plus violent typhon annoncé sur l'île en 15 ans , explique un commandant américain d'une base militaire présente à Okinawa. Nous nous attendons à ce qu'il arrive mardi matin" . L'armée de l'air américaine a même commencé à évacuer ses avions dimanche, par précaution.

La trajectoire du typhon Neoguri - Aucun(e)
La trajectoire du typhon Neoguri