• Short Summary

    FOUR PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND EIGHT INJURED WHEN A LANDSLIDE DESTROYED 28 HOMES IN THE NIIGATA PREFECTURE, 150 MILES NORTHWEST OF TOKYO, ON SATURDAY (MARCH 16TH).

  • Description

    FOUR PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND EIGHT INJURED WHEN A LANDSLIDE DESTROYED 28 HOMES IN THE NIIGATA PREFECTURE, 150 MILES NORTHWEST OF TOKYO, ON SATURDAY (MARCH 16TH). LATEST POLICE FIGURES LIST A FURTHER SIX PEOPLE AS MISSING.

    THE LANDSLIDE, 56 YARDS LONG A 11 YARDS DEEP, ALSO BURIED THE RAILWAY LINES OF ONE NIIGATA'S BUSIEST HIGHWAYS. A NORTHBOUND TRAIN, EMERGING FROM A TUNNEL, WAS DERAILED WHEN IT RAN INTO THE MUD BACK CAUSED BY THE LANDSLIDE. THE ENGINE AND TWO COACHES WERE WASHED AWAY LATER BY A SECOND TREMOR THAT FOLLOWED THE DERAILMENT, BUT DUE TO THE QUICK REACTION OF THE ENGINEER AND CONDUCTOR, THE 150 PASSENGERS WERE LED TO SAFETY IN THE TUNNEL BEFORE THIS HAPPENED. THE PASSENGERS SUSTAINED ONLY SLIGHT INJURIES.

    RESIDENTS OF THE HOUSES EVACUATED THEIR HOMES AS SOON AS THE FIRST TREMOR THREATENED A LANDSLIDE, BUT WITH COMMUNICATIONS CUT ALMOST COMPLETELY EARLY REPORTS ESTIMATED AT LEAST 100 PEOPLE WERE MISSING.

    THE LANDSLIDE ALSO CAUSED A POWER-CUT WHICH HINDERED RESCUE OPERATIONS. THE ONLY LIGHT TO BE SEEN IN THE EVENING WAS THE BURNING WRECKAGE OF SOME OF THE DESTROYED HOUSES. MANY OF THEM WERE STILL BURNING THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

    LOCAL POLICEMEN, FIREMEN AND CIVIL DEFENSE FORCE MEMBERS ARE TRYING TO RESTORE TRAFFIC COMMUNICATIONS, BUT MUD FROM THE LANDSLIDE STRETCHES FROM THE MOUNTAIN TO THE OCEAN AND THE TASK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE AT LEAST TEN DAYS. HUNDREDS OF RAILWAY WORKERS ARE TRYING TO RESTORE THE RAILWAY LINES. THE FORMER LINES WERE WASHED NEARLY 100 YARDS TOWARDS THE OCEAN.

    THIS PART OF JAPAN'S COASTLINE IS NOTED AS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS AREAS FOR LANDSLIDE. THIS PARTICULAR LANDSLIDE IS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY THE LOOSENING OF THE EARTH DUE TO RAINFALL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6ILLMN3WQ8CZ6T1DOW0P764BH
    Media URN:
    VLVA6ILLMN3WQ8CZ6T1DOW0P764BH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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