A high-speed Japanese bullet train derailed in northern Japan on Saturday in heavy snow.
The train was carrying approximately 130 passengers and crew, though there are no reports of injuries at this time according to Japan’s national broadcaster NHK.
According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak, the derailment occurred in the northwest part of Honshu, Japan, where sea-effect snow is common throughout the winter months.
Wanenchak said that significant snow squall activity has been reported over the last 12 hours per observations and Japan radar imagery.
The current snow depth in Akita prefecture (where the crash occurred) ranges from about 18 inches at the coast to 90 inches in the mountains to their east.
While the snow on the ground likely had little to do with the crash, heavy snow falling at the time could have contributed to the accident.
Not only was snow falling, but wind speeds were averaging 25-35…
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