Sky in Japan Turn Purple as Typhoon Hagibis Makes a Landfall, Netizens Trend #PrayForJapan By Sharing Pictures and Horrifying Storm Videos
Skies Turn Purple in Japan (Photo Credits: Twitter)

In some unfortunate piece of news, Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) has confirmed that Typhoon Hagibis has already made the expected landfall near the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka, south-west of Tokyo. This occurred before 7:00 pm local time on Saturday. This Typhoon is said to the worst storm in over 60 years and before that, Japan residents are posting scary images of purple skies online. The purple skies are said to be an indication of a typhoon or hurricane about to hit the place.

Authorities have urged the people of central Japan to evacuate their homes as soon as possible on Saturday. However, as per reports by, one man died, and five people are injured when wild storms crashed into Chiba. The Typhoon is said to be of a category five hurricane of an approximate size of 1,400 km in diameter. It is predicted that the wind gusts would be over 240km/h. It also estimated that the worst affected area would be the main island of Honshu. The Typhoon is named Hagibis because it translated to "speed" in Tagalog.

What Does Purple Sky Mean?

Skies turning purple may seem extremely scary and make, people believing in superstitions, think that the skies are trying to indicate something ominous. It is not entirely wrong, and the skies do try to suggest something dangerous such as a typhoon or a hurricane. However, there is scientific backing to it. The skies turned deep violet in colour because of a weather phenomenon called "scattering". When the molecules and small particles in the atmosphere influence the direction of the light, it causes light to scatter and present a purple colour view.

Here's a Video Of The Storm

People are using Twitter to share videos and pictures of the purple sky and Typhoon along with prayers for Japan. Here are some of the photos and videos:

People Are Scared

Skies in Osaka

Pray For Japan


The Pictures Are Everywhere

A few hours ago, an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter Scale struck the main island of Japan as Typhoon Hagibis approaches. The epicentre of the earthquake was located in the Pacific Ocean off Chiba Prefecture, close to major cities such as Tokyo and Shizuoka.