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Kansai airport bridge damaged

Kobe, Japan
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Kansai airport bridge damaged

As a result of the typhoon, a tanker ship broke free and crashed into the bridge connecting KIX with the mainland. All train and other vehicles use that bridge to get to and from the airport. There is a ferry from Kobe, but that carries less than 1% of all traffic, I'm sure. Too early to know yet, but airport might be affected. Something to be aware of if using KIX in the next few days.

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New Zealand
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1. Re: Kansai airport bridge damaged

I have seen photos of the runway being submerged, so there may be other parts of the airport infrastructure damaged too.

Nakano, Japan
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2. Re: Kansai airport bridge damaged

Airport itself was severely flooded. I am afraid it will be closed for a period of time...Those will be going in or out at KIX around this week should do prompt action for flight change now.

Honolulu, Hawaii
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3. Re: Kansai airport bridge damaged

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Yikes. I hope those who are at the airport are safe. And also to everyone else in the affected region.

Hong Kong, China
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for Hong Kong, Osaka
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4. Re: Kansai airport bridge damaged

The tanker is smashed and stuck into the bridge. Combined with the airport flooding of various vehicles, gates and facilities, it could take quite a few days to get things sorted.

Tokyo, Japan
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for Hokkaido
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5. Re: Kansai airport bridge damaged

Meters high tide by the low pressure of the typhoon was observed in the Kobe port. That would be a cause of the flooding of KIX runaways.

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There is a damage to the connection bridge, but it looks like it is limited to one road lane only, not to the train tracks.

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Nara, Japan
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for Nara
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6. Re: Kansai airport bridge damaged

Am seeing nationwide 7o'clock NHK news now. Coast Guard (having already been here from the landside) dispatched a chopper also, to search for damages and any crew if ever trapped still in the tanker. From other TV programs, I saw news clips of a plethora of overturned cars in another southern bay area, and of a deluge of seawaters on Meriken Wharf and Harbor Land, both in Kobe.

Back on KIX: lots of overseas travellers are stranded here. Empty food shelves in a convenience shop on the landside tells me the impact of this disaster. KIX' hold on how many to help stay overnight remains to be seen, it is said...

United Kingdom
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7. Re: Kansai airport bridge damaged

I have just been talking to my friend who lives in the area, thankfully they are all safe.. Japan has had more than it fair share of natural disaster this year.

8. Re: Kansai airport bridge damaged

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Toronto, Canada
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9. Re: Kansai airport bridge damaged

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Tokyo, Japan
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10. Re: Kansai airport bridge damaged

If your flight is tomorrow from Kansai, contact your airline ASAP.

If you are at the airport, find a spot to stretch your body. Stay hydrated. The airport authorities think there are 3,000 stranded at the airport. .

The bridge is damaged, which means no vehicles or trains will be able to cross the only bridge that connects the airport to the mainland.

But... good news. This is Japan. Experience from other disasters say they will work really hard to repair it -- as soon as possible. YOU will not be forgotten. Take a deep breath. Stay calm.

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