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Thousands Evacuated as Cyclone EVAN Batters Fiji

Posted by feww on December 17, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,181 Days Left 

[December 17, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,181 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

EVAN attacks Fiji with destructive winds, torrential rains

Thousands of residents and tourists were evacuated as Cyclone EVAN, strengthened to a category 4 storm, battered Fiji with destructive winds and torrential rains, flattening homes and uprooting trees.

  • The authorities have warned the storm surge generated by the cyclone as it circles the main islands of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu coluld cause major flooding.
  • EVAN strengthened to a category 4 storm with wind gusts of up to 170 mph (275 kmh)

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Deadly Cyclone EVAN Envelopes Fiji

Posted by feww on December 16, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,182 Days Left 

[December 16, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,182 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

EVAN envelopes Fiji after causing large-scale destruction in Samoa

Killer Cyclone Evan intensified to a category 4 cyclone, having flattened thousands of homes and much of the infrastructure in Samoa.

  • The death toll in Samoa has risen to at least 4, with 9 people reported missing.

MTSAT IR - Cyclone EVAN
Powerful Cyclone EVAN. IR Satellite Image. Source: CIMSS

cyclone EVAN
Official Name:  Severe Tropical Cyclone EVAN. [Category Cyclone 4 has mean winds 86-107 knots with a central pressure 945-910 hPa]

Fijian prime minister addressing his nation of nearly a million people said:

  • “It [Cyclone EVAN] has winds up to 180 kilometers an hour which may intensify, and if the weather forecasters are correct it will affect Fiji in a very damaging way, bringing about destructive winds and flooding. I cannot stress how serious this is, every Fijian will be affected.”

About 100 evacuation centers have been set up in northern and western areas of Fiji, the Fijian national disaster management office said, advising people in the lower-lying areas to move to higher grounds.

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What Mick Looked Like

Posted by feww on December 15, 2009

Image of the Day:

Tropical Cyclone Mick


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Tropical Cyclone Mick hovered over the Fiji Islands
on December 13, 2009, and intensified the following day, pounding the archipelago with strong winds and heavy rains.  The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Mick on December 13, 2009.  The storm had maximum sustained winds of 55 knots (100 kilometers per hour) with gusts of to 70 knots (130 kilometers per hour). Image and caption credit: NASA Earth Observatory. [edited by FEWW]

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Copra on Taveuni

Posted by feww on February 14, 2009

Copra

Copra is the dried meaty sections, or kernel, of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). Traditionally, Copra has been the most important crop produced on Taveuni, Fiji.


Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). Source: SOPAC. Image may be subject to copyright.


Ripe coconuts are split with a machete and laid out to dry in the sun. (Source).

Taveuni

The third-largest island in Fiji, Taveuni  has a total land area of 440 square kilometers. The island is a gigantic shield volcano situated on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.  Taveuni is known as the ‘Garden Island of Fiji’ because of its copious flora, thriving on rich volcanic soil.


The massive shield volcano rises to 1241 m and is dotted by about 150 volcanic cones along a NE-SW rift extending the length of the island; some of the SW-flank vents are visible on this Space Shuttle image (with north to the upper right). Taveuni has been frequently active during the Holocene, and eruptions impacted island settlements in prehistorical time. At least 58 eruptions have occurred on Taveuni since the first known human settlements of the Fiji Islands about 950-750 BC; all of these eruptions affected the southern two-thirds of the island. A period of voluminous eruptions between about 300 and 500 AD caused abandonment of the southern part the island of Taveuni until about 1100 AD. The latest known eruption produced a lava flow at the southern tip of the island sometime between about 1450-1650 AD. NASA Space Shuttle image STS111-719-74, 2002 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/). Caption: GVP

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