Rare Snowstorm Kills 11 in Japan

Tokyo sees heaviest snowfall in 45 years
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2014 2:02 AM CST
A child holds a ball of snow near a half-buried motorcycle in Yokohama.   (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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(Newser) – The heaviest snowfall in decades is causing chaos in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan, with at least 11 people dead and around 1,000 injured in snow-related accidents. The capital has been blanketed with at least 11 inches of snow, the most it has seen in 45 years and enough to prompt the city's first severe snow warning since 2001, the BBC reports.

As the storm headed toward the tsunami-damaged coast, many workplaces in Tokyo remained open today, but hundreds of flights were canceled and some rail services were suspended, reports Reuters. Some 20,000 households were without power yesterday and meteorologists warn that with a low pressure front heading toward eastern Japan, a lot more snow could be on the way. (Read more Japan stories.)

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