There, but for the grace of God, goes Guam.
That may be the thinking of some Guam residents as Super Typhoon Hagibis, which missed Guam just a few days ago, wreaked havoc on Japan over the weekend.
However, Guam may still be adversely affected by Hagibis in an indirect way —- for Japan is a major tourism market for Guam and the damage caused by Hagibis may have an effect on Japanese tourist arrivals.
According to Fox News, Super Typhoon Hagibis pounded Japan with gale-force winds and heavy rain on Saturday, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 90, with more than a dozen missing.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, sustained winds from the typhoon had been measured at about 100 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 135 miles per hour. The typhoon dropped record rainfall that flooded rivers and tested dams as almost four million people were urged to evacuate.
As if the typhoon wasn’t enough, as Hagibis quickly approached landfall, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 5.3 magnitude earthquake centered off the coast of Tokyo.
And to the north, a tornado tore through the city of Chiba, which saw power outages and damaged homes in a typhoon last month.
Tokyo Electric Power Company reported that as of midnight Saturday, 432,000 households were without power across Tokyo and Shizuoka.
But perhaps what caused the most damage was the massive flooding in the central part of Japan, which is the most populated region of the country and the source of most of Guam’s Japanese tourists.
Guam’s Japanese visitor arrivals have been increasing this year after slowing down during the previous years. But the damage wrought by Typhoon Hagibis may result in some Japanese postponing their overseas travel plans.
During the typhoon, all Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways to and from Japan were canceled. Flights departing and arriving from both Tokyo airports (Haneda and Narita) on Oct. 12 were canceled, affecting a total of at least 1187 flights and nearly 190,000 passengers.
Here on Guam, United Airlines also canceled flights to and from Japan.