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Heavy snow in Japan traps 1,000 cars

Heavy snow in Japan traps 1,000 cars

A heavy snowfall in central Japan brought road traffic to a halt on Tuesday, trapping around 1,000 cars, local authorities stated, adding they have approached the military for help however have not reported any injuries or disease among those trapped.

 

Snow has achieved 1.36 meters (54 inches) in Fukui prefecture, 320 km (200 miles) west of Tokyo, starting at 2pm (0500 GMT) on Tuesday, the heaviest snowfall in about four decades in the district, a nearby meteorological observatory said.

 

The traffic standstill, extending for around 10 km (6 miles)in the prefecture, was caused by some carsgoing off the shoulder of the road in the snowstorm and others ceasing to put on tire chains as a prudent step, an official at a local office of the transport ministry said.

"We have blocked traffic heading into the affected area, so no more cars will join the jam. In some parts, cars have resumed moving, but only to be caught in a standstill again," the authority said.

The snowfall in Fukui is relied upon to proceed at least until Wednesday morning, the local observatory said.A heavy snowfall in central Japan brought road traffic to a halt on Tuesday, trapping around 1,000 cars, local authorities stated, adding they have approached the military for help however have not reported any injuries or disease among those trapped.

 

Snow has achieved 1.36 meters (54 inches) in Fukui prefecture, 320 km (200 miles) west of Tokyo, starting at 2pm (0500 GMT) on Tuesday, the heaviest snowfall in about four decades in the district, a nearby meteorological observatory said.

 

The traffic standstill, extending for around 10 km (6 miles)in the prefecture, was caused by some carsgoing off the shoulder of the road in the snowstorm and others ceasing to put on tire chains as a prudent step, an official at a local office of the transport ministry said.

"We have blocked traffic heading into the affected area, so no more cars will join the jam. In some parts, cars have resumed moving, but only to be caught in a standstill again," the authority said.

 

The snowfall in Fukui is relied upon to proceed at least until Wednesday morning, the local observatory said.