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Fatal landslides and ‘special warnings’ are the new normal

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Japanese used to call a landslide “jakuzure” (snake collapse) or “jaraku” (snake fall).

Historian Michifumi Isoda writes in his book that the fury of a landslide was compared to the ferocity of a giant snake.

A landslide perhaps appeared like a snake approaching people’s houses at a blistering speed and devouring their lives.

The fear of a landslide today remains as strong as in those days when people had to attribute it to the handiwork of a monster serpent.

Torrential rains have caused landslides in many parts of western Japan.

TV footage shows exposed brown mountain........

© The Asahi Shimbun