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Cloud At Last

This is what a massive typhoon looks like from space

Southern Japanese islands are being battered by the Typhoon Vongfong.

Reid Reid Wiseman / NASA Reid Wiseman / NASA / NASA

OVER THIRTY PEOPLE have been injured by a powerful typhoon on the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Kushu.

Typhoon Vongfong has injured 35, while 150,000 have been told to evacuate. The storm has toppled trees, flooded streets and cut power to more than 60,000 homes.

The typhoon has winds of up to 180 kilometres an hour, but was downgraded from super-typhoon earlier this week.

Reid Wiseman, a NASA astronaut stationed on the International Space Station, took this image of the typhoon, giving some idea of the scale of the storm.

“The typhoon is feared to go near or make landfall on the Kyushu and Honshu main islands through Monday to Tuesday,” meteorologist Hiroshi Sasaki told reporters.

At least 23 people have been injured in the southernmost Okinawa prefecture, including a man in his 20s and a nine-year-old girl who had their fingers cut off by a door slamming due to ferocious winds.

AFP contributed reporting.

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