July 2013 Torrential Rains in Yamaguchi and Shimane Prefectures

Record-breaking torrential rains fell on Yamaguchi and Shimane prefectures from just before sunrise until the morning hours of July 28. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the hourly rainfall for Yamaguchi City peaked at 143 mm, while for Susa, Hagi City it was 138.5 mm and for Tsuwano Town it was 91.5 mm, each of which were record high amounts. This record-setting rainfall caused rivers to flood and landslides, resulting in wide scale damages. In Yamaguchi Prefecture, two people died, one went missing, seven houses were destroyed, 447 houses were fully flooded, and 664 houses were partially flooded (Fire and Disaster Management Agency announcements as of 12:30 p.m. on July 31, 2013). In Shimane Prefecture, one went missing, two houses were destroyed, eight houses were fully flooded, and 38 houses were partially flooded (same source of information).

Oblique aerial photographs taken on July 31, 2013

Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture

  • 352047-130731-01 Nakaogawa Okura area of Hagi City 352047-130731-01 Nakaogawa Okura area of Hagi City
    352047-130731-01 Nakaogawa Okura area of Hagi City
  • 352047-130731-02 Nakaogawa Okura area of Hagi City 352047-130731-02 Nakaogawa Okura area of Hagi City
    352047-130731-02 Nakaogawa Okura area of Hagi City
  • 352047-130731-03 Susa area of Hagi City 352047-130731-03 Susa area of Hagi City
    352047-130731-03 Susa area of Hagi City

  • 352047-130731-04 Tamagawa Kamitama area of Hagi City 352047-130731-04 Tamagawa Kamitama area of Hagi City
    352047-130731-04 Tamagawa Kamitama area of Hagi City
  • 352047-130731-05 Tamagawa Kamiogawa Higashibun area of Hagi City 352047-130731-05 Tamagawa Kamiogawa Higashibun area of Hagi City
    352047-130731-05 Tamagawa Kamiogawa Higashibun area of Hagi City
  • 352047-130731-06 Susa area of Hagi City 352047-130731-06 Susa area of Hagi City
    352047-130731-06 Susa area of Hagi City

  • 352047-130731-07 Susa area of Hagi City 352047-130731-07 Susa area of Hagi City
    352047-130731-07 Susa area of Hagi City

Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture

  • 352039-130731-01 Atotokusa Nabekura area of Yamaguchi City 352039-130731-01 Atotokusa Nabekura area of Yamaguchi City
    352039-130731-01 Atotokusa Nabekura area of Yamaguchi City
  • 352039-130731-02 Atotokusa Naka area of Yamaguchi City 352039-130731-02 Atotokusa Naka area of Yamaguchi City
    352039-130731-02 Atotokusa Naka area of Yamaguchi City
  • 352039-130731-03 Atotokusa Nakakamiutsune area of Yamaguchi City 352039-130731-03 Atotokusa Nakakamiutsune area of Yamaguchi City
    352039-130731-03 Atotokusa Nakakamiutsune area of Yamaguchi City

  • 352039-130731-04 Atotokusa Kaneshimo area of Yamaguchi City 352039-130731-04 Atotokusa Kaneshimo area of Yamaguchi City
    352039-130731-04 Atotokusa Kaneshimo area of Yamaguchi City
  • 352039-130731-05 Atotokusa Kaneshimo area of Yamaguchi City 352039-130731-05 Atotokusa Kaneshimo area of Yamaguchi City
    352039-130731-05 Atotokusa Kaneshimo area of Yamaguchi City

Tsuwano Town, Shimane Prefecture

  • 325015-130731-01 Shiroi area of Tsuwano Town 325015-130731-01 Shiroi area of Tsuwano Town
    325015-130731-01 Shiroi area of Tsuwano Town
  • 325015-130731-02 Makigano area of Tsuwano Town 325015-130731-02 Makigano area of Tsuwano Town
    325015-130731-02 Makigano area of Tsuwano Town
  • 325015-130731-03 Makigano area of Tsuwano Town 325015-130731-03 Makigano area of Tsuwano Town
    325015-130731-03 Makigano area of Tsuwano Town

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History of Information Released

1st : 31.Jul.2013
2nd : 5.Aug.2013

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