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Tropical Storm ‘Bebeng’ Targets Philippines

Posted by feww on May 7, 2011

Heavy Rains, Floodings and Mudslides Expected as TS Three (‘Bebeng’) Targets Luzon and Visayas in the Philippines 

2011/2012 Could Prove the Worst Year Ever for the Philippines: FIRE-EARTH 

Based on FIRE-EARTH models, the Moderators believe extreme weather and tectonics events in  the 2011-2012 period could cause large scale devastation in the Philippines islands.

Tropical Cyclone 3 has become become considerably more organized since 3 hours earlier (below image).

Click images to enlarge. Vis/IR satellite image. Source: CIMSS

Latest Details at 10:00 am local time (Source: Dost Pagasa)
Position: 12.7°N, 126.4°E
Location:  180 km East Catarman, Northern Samar
Maximum wind speeds: 55 km/h near the center
Movement: Tracking NW at 13 km/h

Global Disasters

Updated at 06:03UTC on May 7, 2011

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Typhoon LUPIT: Cruel, Harsh, or Wicked?

Posted by feww on October 21, 2009

Typhoon LUPIT – 21 Oct 2009

  • How long will LUPIT loiter around Luzon

  • How much more rain will it dump?

  • Will LUPIT move away and come back, AGAIN!

At 00:00 UTC – Oct 21, 2009
Max Winds:   160km/h
(85 knots)  Category: 2
Max Gusts:  195 km/h
20.5ºN 128.9ºE
Movement past six hours:
280 degrees at 15 km/h (08 kts)
Location: About 925 km (500 kts) NE of Manila Philippines

Summary of Storm Activity

Lupit is tracking westward steered by a subtropical ridge extension to the north. Deep convection has become more organized near the storm center over the past six hours, JTWC reported.

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Typhoon LUPIT – MTSAT Still image.

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LUPIT Track by UniSys Weather.  Click image to enlarge and update.

History Color Code – The chart color codes intensity (category based on Saffir-Simpson scale)
wind force table - SSS
NOTE: Pressures are in millibars and winds are in knots where one knot is equal to 1.15 mph. Source: UniSys Weather

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LUPIT 5-day track. Source JTWC. Click image to enlarge.

Typhoon LUPIT – 20 Oct 2009

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Typhoon LUPIT (22W): JTWC/SATOP multispectral satellite image. October 20, 2009 at 05:00 UTC. Click image to enlarge.

Typhoon LUPIT – 20 October 2009, at 09:00UTC

Position: 20.4ºN, 129.3ºE
Location: Approximately 1,110 km (600 NM) northeast of Manila, Philippines.
Movement:  WNW at about 15km/h (8 knots)
Center: LUPIT’s Eye has once again become visible
System Characteristics: LUPIT has good radial out flow
Maximum significant wave height:  ~ 11 meters (34 feet)
Max sustained winds: 175km/h (95 knots)
Max gusts: 215 km/h (115 knots)

Super Typhoon Lupit
Super Typhoon Lupit. Date/Time as inset. Click on image to animate.

MTSAT IR Image. Updated at 30 mins intervals. Click image to enlarge.

Background and More images:

LUPIT 3-day projected track. Image: JMA. Image may be subject to copyright. Click image to enlarge!

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Typhoon LUPIT Update – 17 Oct 2009

Posted by feww on October 17, 2009

LUPIT has intensified to typhoon strength moving toward central and northern Luzon, Philippines

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Typhoon Data Summary

At 2:00 AM local time, Saturday October 17, typhoon LUPIT [locally known as “RAMIL”] was located about 850 km east of VIRAC, CATANDUANES (14.6°N; 133.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h and gusts of up to 150 km/h moving WNW at about 20/km/h, Philippines PAGASA reported.

FEWW Forecast:

Moderators believe LUPIT has the potential of becoming the most destructive typhoon yet to strike Philippines in 2009.

FEWW Previous Forecast

MTSAT IR Image. Updated
at 30 mins intervals. Click image to enlarge.

Satellite Loops/Animation/Images

Other Satellite Images:

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MTSAT – RGB Still Image. Time/Date as inset. Click image to  enlarge and update.

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MTSAT – AVN Enhancement – Still Image. Time/Date as inset. Click image to  enlarge and update.

LUPIT Projected path JTWC
Cyclone LUPIT Projected track. Solid centers represent wind forces stronger than 117km/h. Source: JTWC.

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Mw 7.2 quake, aftershocks rock Indonesian island

Posted by feww on February 13, 2009

Magnitude 7.2 quake followed by dozens of strong aftershocks rattle the Indonesian island of Kepulauan Talaud


Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 7.2
Date-Time: Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 01:34:50 AM at epicenter
Location:  3.902°N, 126.400°E
Depth:  20 km (12.4 miles) set by location program

  • 280 km (175 miles) SSE of General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines
  • 320 km (195 miles) NNE of Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • 1320 km (820 miles) SSE of MANILA, Philippines
  • 2445 km (1520 miles) ENE of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 6.3 km (3.9 miles); depth fixed by location program
USGS Event ID:  us2009cybb

Tectonic Summary [USGS]

The recent earthquake near Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia of February 11, 2009 likely occurred as a result of reverse faulting on or near the plate-boundary system separating the Philippine Sea and Celebes Sea basins. Northeastern Indonesia is characterized by complex tectonics in which motions of numerous small plates are accommodating large-scale convergence between the Philippine Sea and Sunda plates. In the region of today’s earthquake, the Philippine Sea plate moves west-northwest with respect to the Sunda plate at a velocity of about 62 mm/year. Locally, arc-arc collision is occurring between the Sangihe and Halmahera micro plates, wedging between them the Molucca Sea micro plate, which subducts beneath both (i.e. to the east and west) and forms an inverted-U-shaped seismic zone. Seismicity within the Molucca Sea plate is active to depths of approximately 260 km to the east and 400 km to the west. The tectonic setting of this region is unique in that it is the only global example of an active arc-arc collision consuming an oceanic basin via subduction in two directions.

“The earthquake occurred approximately 30 km off the western coast of the Pulau Salebabu (Indonesia) in an area that has seen large earthquakes in the past. Since 1986, there have been two earthquakes with magnitude greater than 7 in this region.


Indonesia consists of more than 17,500 islands scattered over both sides of the equator, about 6,000 of which are inhabited.The five largest islands are Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (the Indonesian side of Borneo), New Guinea (shared with Papua New Guinea) and Sulawesi.

Indonesian islands sit on the edges of the Australian, Eurasian and Pacific tectonic plates and are therefore subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Indonesia is home to about 160 active volcanoes.

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