Sunday, August 9, 2009

Typhoon in Southern Japan

Over the last few days we have had a typhoon here in Miyakojima. Typhoon season for southern Japan usually start in August and runs through till about September. It wasn't a huge one (about 78mph), but it was certainly large enough to pull out trees and to knock fields of sugar cane (a very durable crop) on it's side.

The house that I am staying in held up without any problem. We did have water being forced in through some of the sliding windows, but that was about it.

The thing I didn't think of, or at least wouldn't have if friends didn't tell me, was how the food supply in stores disappears. Miyakojima is a small island of Okinawa, and while a lot of vegetables and fruits are grown here, most of the major stores carry stuff that comes from outside the island. Since it usually arrives via ship, and ships couldn't dock due to the typhoon, that meant almost no fresh vegetables and perishable goods.

Below are some of the pictures I took today when visiting the super market.

This was the milk shelf. Only the local brands and the "fake milk" was left.

Not much left on the rest of the dairy shelves either.

Or on the cold shelf at all!

So if you are every in an area where you have natural disasters then be sure to think ahead and be prepared. For those who plan on traveling to Japan or living here, it is important to be aware of the different types of disasters that can happen. Earthquakes and typhoons don't happen everyday, but they are also not rare so it is best to be prepared with food and water.