Powerful Pacific typhoon moves to Japan

18.10.2004, 11.01

TOKYO, October 18 (Itar-Tass) - A new typhoon - Tokage has gained strength in the Pacific Ocean and moved towards Japan. The Japanese meteorology department reported on Monday that the Tokage which is translated from Japanese as “a lizard" has been some 500 kilometers southeast off the islands of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost administrative territory.

Tokage is the 23d typhoon this year. In the epicenter, the winds have gained force of approximately 190 kilometers per hour. Weathermen say the typhoon will hit Japan on Tuesday.

The year 2004 has become notorious for a record high number of typhoons sweeping the islands of Japan.