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Typhoon No.2 hits Okinawa with unusual ferocity, causing heavy damage

Typhoon No.2 hits Okinawa with unusual ferocity, causing heavy damage

May 31, 2011 Hiroko Sato of Ryukyu Shimpo

Typhoon No. 2 lashed the Okinawa area during the two days of May 28 and 29, causing extensive damage. A total of 68 injuries had been reported by May 30, including two people in a critical condition. According to prefectural government statistics, at least in the last ten years, there has never been a case in which the injury toll exceeded 60 people for a typhoon in May. This is the first time among such May typhoons that a maximum wind speed of...

 

Okinawa Woodpecker busily rearing its chicks

Okinawa Woodpecker busily rearing its chicks

May 22, 2011 photo by Hiroaki Yamashiro, photographer of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Noguchigera or Okinawa woodpecker, designated as a special national treasure and found in the forests of the Yambaru in the northern part of Okinawa, has entered the fledging brood season.

Around midday on May...

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