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LEHAR Closing in on Indian Coast

Posted by feww on November 27, 2013

LEHAR Intensifies to a Strong Cat. 1  Storm Force

Cyclone LEHAR was packing sustained winds of about 140km/h, gusting to 170km/h, as of 06:00UTC, November 27, 2013.

LEHAR was located about 910km ESE (114 degrees) of Hyderabad, India tracking WNW (295 degrees) at about 20km/h, as of as of 06:00UTC, November 27, 2013. [Estimate is based on FIRE-EARTH Models, with data supplied from various satellites.]

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LEHAR – Water Vapor [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] Satellite image – recorded at 05:30UTC on November 27, 2013.
Original Image Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

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The maximum significant wave height generated by the storm is currently about 9 meters.

The storm could intensify marginally before making landfall. The storm surge, rainfall and winds associated with LEHAR could cause significant damage, especially in low lying areas.

LEHAR has been designated as a “very severe cyclonic storm (VSCS)” by India’s Meteorological Department (IMD), and is forecast to make landfall on the Andhra Pradesh coast near Machillipatnam about 12:00pm on Thursday, November 28, 2013.

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LEHAR’s Projected Path according to IDM.

Cyclones PHAILIN and HELEN

In October, Cyclone PHAILIN destroyed or damaged more than 500,000 mud houses, killing dozens of people and ruining 1.3 million hectares of crops.

Cyclone HELEN struck the Andhra Pradesh coast last Friday, forcing thousands of  evacuations, killing six people and  causing significant  damage to crops.

LEHAR would be considerably stronger than HELEN on landfall.

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Cyclonic Storm LEHAR Strikes Andaman Islands

Posted by feww on November 25, 2013

LEHAR strikes Andaman Islands with winds of about 110kmph gusting to 140kmph

The cyclone is expected to dump more than 25cm of rain over Andaman and Nicobar Islands en route to Andhra Pradesh coast, east India.

LEHAR is forecast to strike Andhra Pradesh state, India’s east-central coastline on the Bay of Bengal, near 18.3N, 84.1E on November 28.

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Cyclonic Storm LEHAR. VI/INFRARED [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] satellite image recorded at 00:30UTC on November 25, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

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Cyclonic Storm LEHAR. VI/INFRARED [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] satellite image recorded at 11:30UTC on November 25, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

 LEHAR V. PHAILIN

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Super Cyclonic Storm PHAILIN. VIS/IR Satellite Image recorded at 01:30UTC on October 11, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.

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LEHAR Projected Path Superimposed on SST Schematic in Bay of Bengal. Timed at 11:30UTC on November 25, 2013. CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

On Friday, November 22, Cyclone HELEN struck coastal  Andhra Prades, killing at least 6 people, destroying or damaging about 170,000 hectares of crops, and forcingthe authorities to evacuate 25,000 people.

In October, Cyclone PHAILIN destroyed or damaged more than 500,000 mud houses, killing dozens of people and ruining 1.3 million hectares of crops.

Point of No Return

In 2004¹,  our team forecast an 80-90 percent increase in the total power dissipated annually by tropical cyclones  in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by 2015.

Storms will continue to get stronger (develop greater average intensities) and survive at high intensity for longer (take more time to dissipate peak energy) resulting in substantial increases in storm-related losses in the near future.

[1. First draft posted by MSRB on Internet on February 26, 2005]

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Powerful M7.5 Quake Strikes Nicobar Islands, India Region

Posted by feww on June 13, 2010

Powerful Earthquake Measuring at least 7.5Mw Strikes Nicobar Islands, India Region

The earthquake, which was  epicentered at 7.748°N, 91.938°E and at a depth of about 35km, some 155 km (95 miles) W of Mohean, Nicobar Islands, India, occurred on  Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 19:26:50 UTC, USGS/EHP said.

Tsunami Status

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) initially issued a Tsunami Warning for the entire Indian Ocean, but later downgraded the warning to India region only, and later canceled the alert.

“Sea level readings indicate that a significant tsunami was not generated,” PTWC said.

So far no damage has been reported in the Andaman and Nicobar islands regions, however a total blackout was reported the capital, Port Blair, news reports  said.

Aftershocks:

The mainshock was followed by at least two significant aftershocks, with the larger one  measuring 5.5Mw, as of posting.

The quake occurred about 660km NNW of the 9.2Mw Indian Ocean quake which occurred in December 2004, triggering the deadly Boxing Day Tsunami.

10-degree Map Centered at 10°N,90°E


EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by Fire-Earth.

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 7.5
  • Date-Tim:
    • Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 19:26:50 UTC
    • Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 01:26:50 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 7.748°N, 91.938°E
  • Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles)
  • Region: NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
  • Distances:
    • 155 km (95 miles) W of Mohean, Nicobar Islands, India
    • 440 km (275 miles) SSW of Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India
    • 1,155 km (710 miles) SW of BANGKOK, Thailand
    • 2,775 km (1720 miles) SE of NEW DELHI, Delhi, India
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 6.4 km (4.0 miles)
  • Sourc: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:  us2010xkbv

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