There were 9 casualties caused by heavy snowstorms in Hokkaido on 2-3 March 2013.
In Yubetsu town, a father (58) was found dead. But his daughter (9) was survived. The father had been holding his daughter in his arms to protect her from coldness.
In Nakashibetsu town , 4 were dead. They died in a car because they stopped the car and could not go out because of the conditions. They tried to call acquaintances for help again and again. However, they could not get helps during the time.
The Snow and Ice Research Center, NIED (National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention) has launched the project to prevent snow storm disasters after the disaster in Nakashibetsu. The project has focused on the snow storm predicting system not only for officers, but also for local people. It is difficult to predict the storm because the snow storm happens with complex conditions, at snow drift and storm. Needed to check not only weather, but also land conditions.
The example of the use, the school children stopped to go back to home because the snow storm was predicted on their way home
We can see the placed live web cam.
Monitoring video can be accessed by the following sites.