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Natural disasters

'Bomb cyclones' in North Pacific up 20%; more typhoons hit Tokyo

'Megastorms' raise the economic and human cost of global warming

Self-Defense Force personnel and Miyazaki prefecture police search for missing people at the site of a landslide caused by Typhoon Nanmadol in southern Japan in September.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The number of "bomb cyclones," also known as winter storms, in the North Pacific Ocean has risen by 20% compared with 30 years ago.

These storms are characterized by high winds, heavy rain and snowfall that can cause roofs to collapse and strand cars on roads. The damage caused by bomb cyclones is similar, in human and economic terms, to that from typhoons and heavy rain in summer and fall.

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