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Earthquakes – Feb. 3, 2014

Posted by feww on February 3, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
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Significant Quakes strike a dozen countries

Greece
M6.1 – 12km NW of Lixourion, Greece 2014-02-03 03:08:46 UTC
Location: 38.292°N, 20.337°E depth=13.7km (8.5mi)
Distances: 298km (185mi) W of Athens, Greece

Romania
M4.1 – 18km ESE of Comandau, Romania 2014-02-03 00:26:31 UTC
Location: 45.674°N, 26.471°E depth=135.0km (83.9mi)
140km (87mi) NNE of Bucharest, Romania

United States
M3.9 – 18km NW of Caldwell, Kansas 2014-02-03 09:03:21 UTC
Location: 37.128°N, 97.772°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)
185km (115mi) N of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Earthquake Location Map, logged at 14:24:34 UTC on 2014-02-03 . Source: USGS/EHP

Iran
M5.3 – 89km SE of Minab, Iran 2014-02-02 14:26:47 UTC
Location: 26.579°N, 57.717°E depth=25.0km (15.5mi)
340km (211mi) NNW of Muscat, Oman

Burma
M5.1 – 53km WNW of Mawlaik, Burma 2014-01-29 13:46:50 UTC
23.862°N 93.949°E depth=59.1km (36.7mi)
59km (37mi) SSE of Churachandpur, India

India
M5.2 – 260km ENE of Port Blair, India 2014-02-02 23:44:01 UTC
12.285°N 95.061°E depth=34.6km (21.5mi)
385km (239mi) W of Myeik, Burma

Indonesia
M5.1 – 119km ENE of Dofa, Indonesia 2014-02-02 02:59:24 UTC
1.311°S 126.317°E depth=45.7km (28.4mi)
259km (161mi) SSW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia

Philippines
M5.2 – 168km W of Sabtang, Philippines 2014-02-02 18:51:09 UTC
20.239°N 120.262°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
201km (125mi) SSW of Hengchun, Taiwan

PNG
M5.5 – 95km SE of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2014-02-03 04:25:59 UTC
4.947°S 153.752°E depth=93.8km (58.3mi)
177km (110mi) ESE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

New Zealand
M6.5 – 192km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2014-02-02 09:26:37
32.908°S, 177.822°W depth=40.4km (25.1mi)
1,138km (707mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand

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200,000 Flee Their Homes, Dozens Killed in Philippine Floods

Posted by feww on January 15, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS -
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS

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State of calamity declared as severe floods landslides destroy homes, drown people in Mindanao, Philippines

More than 200,000 people have abandoned their homes on the Island of Mindanao, as widespread flooding and landslides destroy or damage thousands of homes, killing dozens of people in the Philippines second largest and southernmost island.

Major rivers have overflowed, forcing mass evacuations and causing many people to drown in areas still recovering from Typhoon BOPHA (locally known as Typhoon Pablo), said the local civil defense operations officer.

Typhoon Pablo killed more than 1,900 people and caused widespread destruction when it struck the region in December 2012.

“Many of the victims had not managed to rebuild and were staying in temporary shelters when they were hit by fresh flooding,” he said.

States of Calamity

States of Calamity have been declared in the towns of Sta. Josefa, Sibagat and Butuan City and at least four towns in Davao Oriental—Panabo City, and the towns of Carmen, Tagum City and Asuncion—due to severe flooding, said a report.

Floods and Landslides Destroy Infrastructure

Severe flooding and large landslides triggered by torrential rains have destroyed much of the infrastructure in the region, including six bridges that collapsed in Davao Oriental, said a report.

 

Many of the worst affected areas are left isolated due to collapsed bridges and impassable roads.

More Heavy Rain Forecast

Additional heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the region as a low pressure low pressure system hovers over Mindanao. Authorities have warned of additional flash floods and landslides throughout Mindanao, Eastern and Central Visayas and the Bicol region.

Residents of Davao, Compostela Valley, Surigao, Bukidnon, Misamis, Dinagat, Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes and Camarines of additional flash floods and landslides, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Typhoon BOPHA

Typhoon BOPHA (locally known as Pablo) made landfall in Mindanao on 4 December 2012, leaving a trail of destruction.

  • BOPHA affected more than 6.2 million people, leaving about 1 million homeless—some 835,934 displaced people outside evacuation centers and 7,524 displaced others inside evacuation centers, according to the latest update by Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), dated Jan 7, 2013.
  • “An estimated 1,000,000 people are in need of food assistance. Of these, the Government has requested Food Security Cluster support for 400,000 critically affected people, taking into account also the support provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).” UN-OCHA reporetd.
  • The typhoon killed at least 1,067 people, with 834 others reported as missing (presumed dead).
  • The deadly typhoon destroyed or damaged 216,817 homes, and much of the region’s infrastructure.
  • Much of the damage occurred in the two provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.

Typhoon BOPHA Links

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Super Typhoon HAIYAN: Death Toll Continues to Rise

Posted by feww on December 3, 2013

Philippine Mega Disaster:  Death toll climbs to 5,680 with 1,779 others missing

Death toll from Super Typhoon HAIYAN climbed to 5,680, after 48 bodies were recovered on Monday, said the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The number of people missing also rose to 1,779, with 26,233 others reportedly injured due to HAIYAN [ locally known as YOLANDA.]

Total number of people affected by the Super Typhoon has officially climbed to more than 11.2 million [U.N. estimate is about 13.5 million,] with the number of displaced also revised up to more than 4 million.

The number of houses destroyed or damaged has increased to 1,180,837 units including 587,035 units completely flattened, according to NDRRMC SitRep No. 51, released today.

The total cost of damage to infrastructure and agriculture [the estimate excludes cost of rebuilding homes] is pegged at over PhP34.36 billion [$1=43.77 Philippines peso] with PhP17.3 billion for losses in infrastructure and PhP17 billion for agriculture in Regions IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, and CARAGA, said the report.

State of National Calamity

The Philippine President issued Presidential Proclamation No. 682 declaring a state of national calamity on 11 November 11, 2013.

Extent of Crop Damage

“High winds, heavy rains and localized floods destroyed houses and infrastructure, including irrigation facilities, and resulted in losses of the main staple rice paddy, sugarcane and coconut crops, as well as livestock, poultry and fisheries,” said the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

HAIYAN destroyed about 153,500 hectares (ha) of rice paddy, maize and other high value crops, including 77,500 ha of rice and 21,000 ha of maize crops, it added [figures are rounded to the nearest 100.]

Philippines imports of rice are to increase by 20 percent next year to 1.2 million metric tons, said FAO.

FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models

On November 9, 2013, FIRE-EARTH Models estimated the impact of Super Typhoon HAIYAN in the Philippines as a magnitude 6.2 catastrophe on the FEWW Disaster Scale, indicating large-scale regional destruction with up to 40,000 casualties.

  • FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimated the total cost of damage at more than $5billion.

FIRE-EARTH and MSRB  2004 Forecast

In 2004,  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.

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Super Typhoon HAIYAN: Chronology of Disaster

Super Typhoon HAIYAN (locally known as YOLANDA) made its first landfall in the early morning of 8 November in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province. HAIYAN made subsequent landfalls in Tolosa south of Tacloban City, Leyte province, Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island, Cebu province, Conception, Iloilo province and Busuanga, Palawan province.

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Super Typhoon HAIYAN Disaster: 4 Pct of Philippine Population Displaced

Posted by feww on November 17, 2013

Super Typhoon HAIYAN affects 13 pct. of Philippine population, leaves 4 pct. homeless

The number of Filipinos affected by Super Typhoon HAIYAN has increased to over 13 million [UNOCHA,] with about 4 million people displaced [NDRRMC.] The latest figure for the homeless is 7 times the government estimates released only 4 days ago.

  • According to the latest figures, more than 4 percent of the Philippines population of about 99 million are now homeless as a result of Super Typhoon HAIYAN.

On November 9, 2013, FIRE-EARTH Models estimated the impact of Super Typhoon HAIYAN in the Philippines as a magnitude 6.2 catastrophe on the FEWW Disaster Scale, indicating large-scale regional destruction with up to 40,000 casualties.

FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate the total cost of damage at more than $5billion.

Dead, Injured, or Missing

Many people may have been swept out to sea and their bodies lost after a tsunami-like wall of seawater slammed into coastal areas. One neighborhood with a population of between 10,000 and 12,000 was now deserted, said Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdez.

Philippine Government’s [Highly Politicized] Official Disaster Stats [including its woefully inadequate disaster response to date]

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Source: SitRep No. 25 released by Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMC)  November 17, 2013 @ 6:00pm local time.

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Source: SitRep No. 24 released by Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMC)  November 17, 2013. [$1 = 43.66 Philippine pesos]

[Note: Official estimates  for the total cost of damage has been amended to PhP10.34billion] which is more realistic than the initial estimates.]

This post will be updated throughout the day as more information becomes available.

Super Typhoon HAIYAN: Chronology of Disaster

Super Typhoon HAIYAN (locally known as YOLANDA) made its first landfall in the early morning of 8 November in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province. HAIYAN made subsequent landfalls in Tolosa south of Tacloban City, Leyte province, Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island, Cebu province, Conception, Iloilo province and Busuanga, Palawan province.

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Philippine Mega Disaster: 2 Million Displaced

Posted by feww on November 16, 2013

Super Typhoon HAIYAN affects 13 pct. of Philippine population, leaves 2 pct. homeless

The number of people affected has increased to nearly 13 million, with about 2 million people displaced. The latest figures, provided by the U.N., represent a significant increase from the previous bulletin.

  • According to the latest figures, more than 2 percent of the Philippines population of about 99 million are now homeless as a result of Super Typhoon HAIYAN.

Many people may have been swept out to sea and their bodies lost after a tsunami-like wall of seawater slammed into coastal areas. One neighborhood with a population of between 10,000 and 12,000 was now deserted, said Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdez.

On November 9, 2013, FIRE-EARTH Models estimated the impact of Super Typhoon HAIYAN in the Philippines as a magnitude 6.2 catastrophe on the FEWW Disaster Scale, indicating large-scale regional destruction with up to 40,000 casualties.

FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate the total cost of damage at more than $5billion.

Philippine Government’s [Highly Politicized] Official Disaster Stats:

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Source: SitRep No. 22 released by Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMC)  November 16, 2013. [$1 = 43.66 Philippine pesos]

[Notes: Official estimates  for the total cost of damage has been amended to PhP9,460,240,222.13] which is more realistic than the initial estimates. Philippines population is about 99 million.]

This post will be updated throughout the day as more information becomes available.

Super Typhoon HAIYAN: Chronology of Disaster

Super Typhoon HAIYAN (locally known as YOLANDA) made its first landfall in the early morning of 8 November in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province. HAIYAN made subsequent landfalls in Tolosa south of Tacloban City, Leyte province, Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island, Cebu province, Conception, Iloilo province and Busuanga, Palawan province.

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Tropical Depression ZORAIDA Striking Mindanao, Philippines

Posted by feww on November 11, 2013

ZORAIDA is packing sustained winds of about 55 km/hr

At 6:00 p.m. local time (UTC +8 hours) on November 11, 2013, Tropical Depression ZORAIDA was positioned near 5.8°N, 131.2°E, about 612 km Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur, moving WNW at 30 km/hr, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). 

Forecast: The regions of Davao, Caraga and Northern Mindanao will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas. Palawan, Visayas and the rest of Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the northeast to north over the rest of Mindanao. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be with moderate to rough.

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Tropical Depression ZORAIDA. IR/Water Vapor Difference [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] satellite image also showing remnants of super typhoon HAIYAN dissipating over southern China, Japan and beyond (recorded at 13:30UTC on November 11, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

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Tropical Depression ZORAIDA. INFRARED [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] satellite image also showing remnants of super typhoon HAIYAN dissipating over southern China, Japan and beyond (recorded at 13:30UTC on November 11, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

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Philippine Disaster Zone: “It’s Like the End of the World.”

Posted by feww on November 10, 2013

Victims walking like zombies looking for food

Eyewitness Accounts from the Typhoon Disaster Zone

  • “Tacloban is totally destroyed. Some people are losing their minds from hunger or from losing their families,” a high school teacher told reporters. “People are becoming violent. They are looting business establishments, the malls, just to find food, rice and milk… I am afraid that in one week, people will be killing from hunger.”
  • “People are walking like zombies looking for food,” said a medical student in Leyte. “It’s like a [horror] movie.”
  • “It’s like the end of the world,” said a Chinese tourist, describing the scene of total devastation in Tacloban City.
  • Aerial surveys show “significant damage to coastal areas” with large ships thrown ashore, countless homes destroyed and large swathes of crops “decimated,” said The U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
  • “We had a meeting last night with the governor and the other officials. The governor said, based on their estimate, 10,000 died,” said a senior official in the province of Leyte. “The devastation is so big.”
  • “From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami,” said Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas. “The dead are on the streets, they are in their houses, they are under the debris, they are everywhere,” said a Tacloban City Councilor.
  • “I have never seen such damage in my life,” said Capt John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority in the Philippines. I saw “utter destruction [...] At the airport, there’s actually no structure left standing except the walls,” he told reporters.
  • “Almost all houses were destroyed [...] Only a few houses are left standing, but with partial damages,” Major Rey Balido, a spokesman for the national disaster agency said.

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Super Typhoon HAIYAN Disaster Zone. Screenshot from AP news video bulletin showing a scene of devastation in Leyte Province, Philippines. See video HERE.

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Super Typhoon HAIYAN – NOV 10 Update

Posted by feww on November 10, 2013

Casualty Figures Moving Closer to FIRE-EARTH Forecasts

Super Typhoon HAIYAN has killed at least 10,000 people in the Tacloban alone,  according to the provincial governor.

Tacloban, officially the City of Tacloban (pop: 230,000), located central Philippines province of Leyte, bore the brunt of HAIYAN. The casualty figure has not yet been confirmed by the central government’s disaster agency.

FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models calculated the impact of Super Typhoon HAIYAN in the Philippines as a magnitude 6.2 catastrophe on the FEWW Disaster Scale, indicating large-scale regional destruction with up to 40,000 casualties, the blog said on Saturday.

Summary of Latest Events

Typhoon HAIYAN was downgraded to a Cat. 4A storm force on the FEWW New Hurricane Scale racing toward Indochina Peninsula, over the warm (29ºC) waters of South China Sea, at a forward speed of about 35 km/hr, as of 04:30UTC on Saturday November 9, 2013.

UPDATES – Sunday November 10, 2013

  • According to the latest official figures, about 500,000 people have been displaced and more than 4.5 million people affected as a result of the typhoon attack.
  • At least 300 people were killed in Samar province, with 2,000 others reported as missing. Scores of others are injured. “However vast areas of Samar, an island of over 733,000, still have not been contacted over two days after the typhoon struck.” AFP said.
  • Authorities in Vietnam have evacuated about 900,000 people in 11 provinces.
  • “Tacloban is totally destroyed. Some people are losing their minds from hunger or from losing their families,” a high school teacher told reporters. “People are becoming violent. They are looting business establishments, the malls, just to find food, rice and milk… I am afraid that in one week, people will be killing from hunger.”
  • “People are walking like zombies looking for food,” said a medical student in Leyte. “It’s like a movie.”
  • A tourist describing the scene of total devastation in Tacloban City said: “It’s like the end of the world.”
  • Aerial surveys show “significant damage to coastal areas” with large ships thrown ashore, countless homes destroyed and large swathes of crops “decimated,” said The U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
  • President Benigno Aquino is reportedly considering to impose martial law to stem the widespread looting (!)

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Typhoon HAIYAN – IR/Water Vapor Difference [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] satellite image (recorded at 02:30UTC on November 10, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

UPDATES – Saturday November 9, 2013

  • As of 12:00UTC the typhoon-related death toll had climbed to 1,200, but it’s expected to rise sharply.
  • Large scale devastation has occurred in the islands of Leyte and Samar, which is consistent with FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models.
  • At least 36 provinces, out of a total of 80, have been severely affected.
  • FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate the total cost of damage at more than $5billion.
  • At least 4.3 million people have been affected including about 350,000 who have lost their homes, according to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
  • The Super Typhoon pummeled seven of the country’s 17 regions, causing large-scale power outages across much of the disaster areas.
  • There are numerous reports of widespread looting across the disaster zone.
  • Dozens of towns throughout the disaster zone have declared states of calamity.
  • HAIYAN is currently targeting South China, moving close  to Vietnam shoreline, according to revised projections suggested by several models. This would be a nightmare scenario for Vietnam because the typhoon could dump 4 to 6 times more rain over the country, and affect a much larger land area, than previously forecast, according to FIRE-EARTH Models.
  • Chinese authorities have issued a level three emergency response as the recently downgraded Cat 2 typhoon approaches southern China.

FIRE-EARTH Models show storm surges of up to 20 meters high, generated by the Super Typhoon, striking coastal areas in the Bicol Peninsula. SEE

[NOTE: To those reporters who have difficulty understanding the basic mechanics of tsunamis:  The height of tsunamis are governed by at least two major factors, in this case, (i) the initial height of the storm surge, and (ii) the geographical characteristics of the attack area. This is best described by Diposaptono et al in their paper Impacts of the 2011 East Japan tsunami in the Papua region, Indonesia: field observation data and numerical analyses – Geophysical Journal International, Volume 194, Issue 3, p.1625-1639.

… the impacts of the 2011 East Japan tsunami in Yos Sudarso Bay, Papua, Indonesia. Although the far-field tsunami had a height of 0.8 m measured at a tide gauge inside the small U-shaped bay, it severely damaged four villages scattered along the bay. Detailed numerical analysis was carried out to explain the damages. We used a well-verified source model in the near- and far-field cases to model the propagation of the tsunami southward in the Pacific until reaching Papua Island, Indonesia. The numerical analyses demonstrate two causes of damage in the bay: the maximum tsunami velocity (3.5 m s-1) floated the houses in the villages of Tobati and Enggros and caused them to collapse, and water trapped by the hook-shaped peninsula amplified the tsunami height at the Holtekamp and Hanurata.

Extent of the Devastation

“From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami,” said Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas.
“The dead are on the streets, they are in their houses, they are under the debris, they are everywhere,” said Tecson John Lim, a Tacloban city administrator.

“I have never seen such damage in my life,” said Capt John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority in the Philippines. I saw “utter destruction.”

“At the airport, there’s actually no structure left standing except the walls,” he told reporters.

Bohol Island Earthquake Disaster Update

Meantime, the following disaster update has been issued for the M7.2 earthquake that struck Bohol Island on October 15 2013.

  • Number of people killed:  195  + (12 others missing, presumed dead)
  • Injuries: 651
  • About 350,000 people have been displaced.

The earthquake triggered massive landslides causing extensive damage to housing, hospitals, schools, infrastructure and utilities, with more than 53,300 houses severely damaged or destroyed.

More details to follow…

This post will be updated throughout Sunday.

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Super Typhoon HAIYAN: Casualties Could Top Many Thousands

Posted by feww on November 9, 2013

HAIYAN: A new breed of “intelligent,” “designer” typhoons with built-in “power-preserver mechanism”

FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models show the impact of Super Typhoon HAIYAN in the Philippines as a magnitude 6.2 catastrophe on the FEWW Disaster Scale, indicating large-scale regional destruction with up to 40,000 casualties. 

Few houses standing in Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines:  Disaster Official

“Almost all houses were destroyed [...] Only a few houses are left standing, but with partial damages,” Major Rey Balido, a spokesman for the national disaster agency, told Reuters.

Typhoon HAIYAN was downgraded to a Cat. 4A storm force on the FEWW New Hurricane Scale racing toward Indochina Peninsula, over the warm (29ºC) waters of South China Sea, at a forward speed of about 35 km/hr, as of posting (04:30UTC).

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Typhoon HAIYAN -VISIBLE/INFRARED  [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] satellite image  – recorded at 03:30UTC on November 9, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

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Typhoon HAIYAN – IR/Water Vapor Difference
[FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] satellite image (recorded at 03:30UTC on November 9, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

More details to follow…

UPDATES

  • As of 12:00UTC the typhoon-related death toll had climbed to 1,200, but it’s expected to rise sharply.
  • Large scale devastation has occurred in the islands of Leyte and Samar, which is consistent with FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models.
  • At least 36 provinces, out of a total of 80, have been severely affected.
  • FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate the total cost of damage at more than $5billion.
  • At least 4.3 million people have been affected including about 350,000 who have lost their homes, according to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
  • The Super Typhoon pummeled seven of the country’s 17 regions, causing large-scale power outages across much of the disaster areas.
  • There are numerous reports of widespread looting across the disaster zone.
  • Dozens of towns throughout the disaster zone have declared states of calamity.
  • HAIYAN is currently targeting South China, moving close  to Vietnam shoreline, according to revised projections suggested by several models. This would be a nightmare scenario for Vietnam because the typhoon could dump 4 to 6 times more rain over the country, and affect a much larger land area, than previously forecast, according to FIRE-EARTH Models.

This post will be updated throughout Saturday.

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Extraterrestrial Typhoon Force Generating 20-Meter “Tsunami”

Posted by feww on November 8, 2013

Super Typhoon HAIYAN, Probably the Strongest Storm in Modern Era, Strikes the Philippines

FIRE-EARTH Models show storm surges of up to 20 meters high, generated by the Super Typhoon, striking coastal areas in the Bicol Peninsula.

Super Typhoon HAIYAN made landfall over Guiuan (population: 50,000) in Eastern Samar Province at 04:40 local time, and is forecast to remain a Cat 5 storm force as it rakes  across the country.

Powerful winds and torrential rains brought by the Super Typhoon could trigger flash flooding and landslides causing large-scale fatalities and catastrophic damage along the typhoon’s path. See also links below for FEWW’s earlier forecasts.

Up to 1.9 million people have been evacuated in hundreds of villages, towns and cities.

In Calabarzon region, which include the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, disaster officials are monitoring 84 towns prone to landslides and flooding, said a local report.

In Albay province, about 700,000  people living in coastal villages in 14 towns and three cities were evacuated.

Up to a million people have been evacuated in the Bicol Region.

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Super Typhoon HAIYAN- Water Vapor [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] Satellite Image – recorded at 22:30UTC on November 7, 2013.

MTSAT IR1 image: http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/sat_images/satpic.jpg

Super Typhoon HAIYAN (TY 1330; TY31W)

  • Time: 18:00UTC – November 7, 2013
  • Movement: W (280 degrees) at 40 km/hr
  • Position: Near 10.6ºN, 127.0ºE
  • Max Sustained Winds: 315 km/hr
  • Max Wind Gusts: 380 km/hr
  • Source: JTWC

Previous Typhoons Toll

Since 2011, several typhoons including WASHI, BOPHA and KROSA have affected millions of people in the Philippines, flattening coastal towns, killing more than 3,000 people, destroying crops, razing tens of thousands of homes, and causing up to $2billion worth of damage to public infrastructure.

Details of the most destructive typhoons to strike the Philippines can be found on this blog.

More details to follow…

Typhoon List 2013 – Stats for NW Pacific Basin

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  • The 60 year average (1951-2010) No of Typhoons by 4 November: 23
  • No of typhoons so far this year: 30
  • Percent Increase: 30.4 [Calculated by FIRE-EARTH blog]

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Super Typhoon HAIYAN’S Arm Battering the Philippines

Posted by feww on November 7, 2013

UPDATED AT 07:00UTC – November 7, 2013

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“Extraterrestrial” Typhoon HAIYAN, the most powerful storm of 2013, continues to intensify

At 5:30UTC on November 7, 2013 Super Typhoon HAIYAN was located about 690km ESE (106 degrees) of Homonhon Island (Eastern Samar, Philippines), moving WNW (285 degrees) at an average speed of about 30 km/hr.

Super Typhoon HAIYAN could cause large-scale destruction along its path, according to FIRE-EARTH Models.

HAIYAN is forecast to dump up to 500mm of rain on some parts of the Philippines.

Super Typhoon HAIYAN  (TY 1330)

  • Time: 05:30UTC – November 7, 2013
  • Movement: WNW (285 degrees) at 30 km/hr
  • Position: Near 8.9ºN, 132.0ºE
  • Location: About 690km ESE (106 degrees) of Homonhon Island (Eastern Samar, Philippines)
  • Max Sustained Winds: 290km/hr [increasing to about 300 km/hr —FIRE-EARTH Forecast]
  • Max Wind Gusts: 340km/hr [increasing to about 350 km/hr —FIRE-EARTH Forecast]
  • Significant Wave Height: 16m [Expected to rise —FIRE-EARTH Forecast]
  • Source: FIRE-EARTH and others

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in the Philippines ahead of the Super Typhoon’s arrival. The typhoon, locally named “YOLANDA,” is expected to make landfall as a Cat. 4C storm force in eastern Visayas, Philippines on Friday.

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Super Typhoon HAIYAN Special Message.

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VISIBLE/INFRARED  [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] satellite image  – recorded at 04:30UTC on November 7, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

Since 2011, several typhoons including WASHI, BOPHA and KROSA have affected millions of people in the Philippines, flattening coastal towns, killing more than 3,000 people, destroying crops, razing tens of thousands of homes, and causing up to $2billion worth of damage to public infrastructure.

Details of the most destructive typhoons to strike the Philippines can be found on this blog.

More details to follow…

Typhoon List 2013 – Stats for NW Pacific Basin

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  • The 60 year average (1951-2010) No of Typhoons by 4 November: 23
  • No of typhoons so far this year: 30
  • Percent Increase: 30.4 [Calculated by FIRE-EARTH blog]

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“Extraterrestrial” Typhoon HAIYAN – Image Update

Posted by feww on November 6, 2013

Super Typhoon HAIYAN moving closer to Palau

At 14:30UTC on November 6, 2013 Super Typhoon HAIYAN was located ENE of Palau (Area: 460 km²; Population: 21,000), moving west (280 degrees) at an average speed of about 33 km/hr.

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Super Typhoon HAIYAN. SW/IR  [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] satellite image (recorded at 13:30UTC on November 6, 2013). Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

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HAIYAN Intensifying to “Extraterrestrial” Levels

Posted by feww on November 6, 2013

Super Typhoon HAIYAN could cause large-scale destruction along its path

HAIYAN became a Super Typhoon at about 04:00UTC on November 6, 2013, according to FIRE-EARTH models, with sustained winds exceeding 250 km/hr, and gusts of up to 310 km/hr.

Our models also show the typhoon further strengthening to an “Extraterrestrial Storm Force,” with sustained winds of about 300 km/hr and wind gusts of up to 350 km/hr over the next 12 hours.

Super Typhoon HAIYAN  (TY 1330)

  • Time: 04:00UTC – November 6, 2013
  • Movement: W (280 degrees) at 30 km/hr
  • Position: Near 7.7ºN, 138.5ºE
  • Location: About 430km east of Ngerulmud, Palau
  • Max Sustained Winds: 250km/hr [increasing to 300 km/hr —FIRE-EARTH Forecast]
  • Max Wind Gusts: 315km/hr [increasing to 350 km/hr —FIRE-EARTH Forecast]
  • Significant Wave Height: 15m [Expected to rise —FIRE-EARTH Forecast]
  • Source: FIRE-EARTH and others

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INFRARED/Water Vapor Difference [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] satellite image (recorded at 03:30UTC on November 6, 2013. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

Projected Path of Super Typhoon HAIYAN

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Projected Path of Super Typhoon HAIYAN. Original image sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.  

The typhoon, locally named “YOLANDA,” is expected to make landfall as a Cat. 4C storm force in eastern Visayas, Philippines on Friday.

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Potential Super Typhoon Headed for the Philippines

Posted by feww on November 4, 2013

Tropical Storm HAIYAN Could Become a Super Typhoon

HAIYAN, the 30th tropical storm of the NW Pacific Basin so far this year, could develop into a super typhoon over the next few days before striking the Philippines.

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Tropical Storm HAIYAN Chasing Tropical Depression WILMA (formerly TD Thirty) -  IR/WV DIFF Satellite Image recorded at 12:30UTC on November 4, 2013.  Image enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.  Source of the original image: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

Meantime, Tropical Depression WILMA weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) after making landfall earlier on Monday, reported the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Visayas and the regions of Zamboanga Peninsula, northern Mindanao and Caraga will have moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms that may trigger flash floods and landslides, said PAGASA.

Typhoon List 2013 – Stats for NW Pacific Basin

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  • The 60 year average (1951-2010) No of Typhoons by 4 November: 23
  • No of typhoons so far this year: 30
  • Percent Increase: 30.4 [Calculated by FIRE-EARTH blog]

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Typhoon KROSA Destroys or Damages 19,000 Homes in Philippines

Posted by feww on November 2, 2013

KROSA affects more than 100,000 people in Luzon, Philippines

Typhoon KROSA, locally known as VINTA, has affected more than 24,000 families (104,828 people) in 26 municipalities and a city in five province of Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Isabela, Abra and Apayao, the government’s disaster response agency reported Saturday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued that following  typhoon damage report:

  • 24,123 families ((104,828 people) affected in three regions in Luzon, Ilocos, Cagayan and the Cordillera Administrative Regions.
  • Some 299 families have been displaced displaced.
  • A total of 1,737 houses totally damaged (destroyed) and 13,174 others are partially damaged by the typhoon.
  • KROSA swept through northern Luzon provinces with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour gusting to 160 km/hr.

The typhoon left the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday and is currently heading toward central Vietnam/  Indochina Peninsula via Hainan Island.

KROSA is currently a well-defined Cat 3A Typhoon on FIRE-EARTH New Hurricane Scale with sustained winds of about 180 km/hr gusting up to 230 km/hr.

Typhoon KROSA Details

  • Time: At 03:00UTC on November 2, 2013
  • Position: NEAR 19.6N, 115.6E.
  • Location: About 350km SSE of Hong Kong
  • Speed and Direction: Tracking Westward at about 9 km/hr
  • Maximum Sustained Wind Speed: 180 km/hr
  • Maximum Wind Gusts: 230 km/hr
  • Maximum Significant Wave Height: 14m

[Source:  FEWW, JTWC and others]

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Typhoon KROSA Special Message.

VIS/IR (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement) Satellite Image of Typhoon KROSA

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Typhoon KROSA – Vis/IR Satellite Image (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement) – Recorded at 02:30UTC on Nov. 2, 2013. Source of the original image: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

Typhoon Stats for NW Pacific

  • The 60 year average (1951-2010) No of Typhoons: 20.9
  • No of typhoons so far this year: 29
  • Percent Increase: 38.8 [Calculated by FIRE-EARTH blog]

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Typhoon KROSA Striking Northern Philippines

Posted by feww on October 31, 2013

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Typhoon KROSA Special Message.

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KROSA, 29th Typhoon of 2013, is making landfall in northern Luzon, Philippines

The Halloween Typhoon KROSA, the 29th storm of the NW Pacific so far this year, is about to make landfall in the northern Philippines, with winds of about 155km/h gusting to 190 km/hr.

Typhoon KROSA

  • Time: 06:00UTC – October 31, 2013
  • Movement: WNW (285 degrees) at 25km/hr
  • Position: Near 18.0ºN, 121.2ºE
  • Location: About 405km Northeast of Manila, Philippines
  • Max Sustained Winds: 155km/hr [Cat 2A on FIRE-EARTH Hurricane Scale]
  • Max Wind Gusts: 190km/hr
  • Significant Wave Height: 8m

[Source: FIRE-EARTH and others]

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Typhoon KROSA IR/WV Diff satellite image (FIRE-EARTH Enhancement) recorded at 04:30UTC on October 31, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

Landfall

  • KROSA is forecast to strike the Philippines near 18.1N, 122.4E at about 08:00UTC on October 31, according to JTWC.
  • KROSA is expected to make as many as 3 landfalls—the Philippines, China’s Hainan Island and central  Vietnam— according to most models and  affecting about a half dozen countries, before dissipating over Indochina Peninsula.

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Projected Path of Typhoon KROSA . Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. Image enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

Typhoon Stats for NW Pacific

  • The 60 year average (1951-2010) No of Typhoons: 20.9
  • No of typhoons so far this year: 29
  • Percent Increase: 38.8 [Calculated by FIRE-EARTH blog]

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Vietnam Evacuates 250,000 ahead of NARI

Posted by feww on October 14, 2013

Typhoon NARI to impact Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand

Vietnamese government has begun evacuating about 250,000 people from the country’s central coastal areas in the projected path of Typhoon NARI.

The typhoon is making landfall in central Vietnam early Tuesday (UTC) with sustained winds of about 125km/hr.

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Typhoon NARI. IR/WV Difference satellite image recorded at 11:32UTC on October 14, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

The Philippines

NARI killed at least 26 people in Central Luzon, Philippines, over the weekend, with many more reported as missing, affecting tens of thousands of people in the region.

The typhoon left at least 60 towns submerged under floodwater in Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Zambales provinces, destroying or damaging scores of homes and tens of thousands of hectares of crops.

Typhoon NARI will impact Vietnam, China’s Hainan Province, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand in the next few days.

China

Heavy rains which began battering Hainan Province, the southern part of Guangdong Province and the southeastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region early Sunday are expected to intensify,  prompting Hainan province to issue a “red alert,” said a report.

Cambodia

NARI is forecast to dump moderate-to-heavy rains on more than half of Cambodia’s 24 provinces, said the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology on Monday.

“The country has been hit by Mekong River [flooding] and flash floods in recent weeks. Nhim Vanda, vice-president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said Monday that in the last four weeks, floods have claimed at least 122 lives and affected some 1.5 million people,” said a report.

Additionally, floodwaters have submerged 250,000 hectares of rice paddies, and destroyed or damaged 110 km of national roads and more than 300 km of gravel roads, the report said.

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Typhoon NARI Surging Toward Luzon, Philippines

Posted by feww on October 10, 2013

NARI continues to intensify on the way to Luzon

Typhoon NARI is currently packing sustained winds of about 140km/hr with wind gusts in excess of 170km/hr, tracking west (275 degrees).

NARI was located approximately 475km EAST of Manila at 14:00UTC on October 10, 2013, based on FIRE-EARTH projections.

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Typhoon NARI. VIS/IR Satellite Image recorded at 12:32UTC on October 10, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.

NARI is the 25th Typhoon of 2013, and is forecast to make second landing in Central Vietnam on Tuesday October 15, 2013.

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Cyclone PABUK Chasing Typhoon USAGI

Posted by feww on September 21, 2013

Powerful winds, heavy rain buffeting N Philippines and Taiwan as TY USAGI passes through Luzon Strait

Authorities in the Philippines and Taiwan have evacuated scores of town and villages, deployed thousands of troops, cancelled flights and suspended ferry services as the powerful typhoon continued tracking toward China.

USAGI was packing sustained winds of 230 km/h, with gusts of up to 275 km/h, or the equivalent of a Cat 4B hurricane, as of Saturday afternoon local time.

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Tropical Cyclone PABUK Chasing Typhoon USAGI. MTSAT IR Satellite Image. Image recorded at 07:00UTC on September 21, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.

Tropical Storm PABUK Forms

Meantime, various meteorological agencies in the region issued a new tropical storm alert as TS PABUK formed.

As of 07:20 UTC on  21 September 2013 Tropical storm BABUK was located near N19.6°, E145.2°.

FIRE-EARTH believes yet a third cyclone could form in the region, following PABUK, within the next 48 hours.

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City Shut Down, Buildings Set Ablaze Amid Fighting in S. Philippines

Posted by feww on September 10, 2013

Zamboanga City shut down as MNLF men attack suburbs

At least a dozen people have been killed and dozens more wounded or trapped as fighting erupted again between Philippine military and Moro National Liberation Front rebels, who were occupying five districts of Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines.

The fatalities include a navy personnel, a policeman and several civilians, said Zamboanga City Mayor.

At least 2 dozen people have been wounded and more than 220 others are trapped, said a report.

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Philippine govt has deployed more than 800 troops to Zamboanga city, as deadly clashes between rebels and government forces enter their second day. Image credit: Reuters

Authorities have evacuated more than 600 residents from several villages, while 847 people have fled to other areas.

The Mayor has canceled all school classes in the city, and businesses in the downtown area have been shut down.

Meantime, Philippines Civil Aviation Authority declared the city a “no fly zone” due to the ongoing conflict, said the report.

“Cebu Pacific Air, earlier, canceled its flights to and from the city due to the conflict.”

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M6.5 Quake Strikes Guatemala

Posted by feww on September 7, 2013

Strong quake strikes near Mexico-Guatemala border

The quake was centered at 14.7°N, 92.1°W and struck at a depth of about 68km, according to USGS/EHP.

The quake was felt strongly in the capital Guatemala City, about 170km to the east of the epicenter, but there were no immediate report of damage, as of posting.

The mainshock was followed by at least one significant aftershock measuring 5.4Mw.

Quake Details

Time: 2013-09-07 09:13:30 UTC+09:00
Location: 14.668°N 92.075°W
Depth: 67.7km

Nearby Cities

  • 6km (4mi) SW of Pajapita, Guatemala
  • 8km (5mi) E of Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala
  • 20km (12mi) NE of Suchiate, Mexico
  • 22km (14mi) W of Coatepeque, Guatemala
  • 168km (104mi) W of Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH

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Intense Flooding Shuts Govt., Displaces Thousands in Philippines

Posted by feww on August 20, 2013

Flooding intensifies in Metro Manila; govt, schools, businesses closed for 2nd day

Extreme rains since Sunday intensified by Tropical Storm TRAMI triggered flash floods in and around the Philippine capital of Manila, leaving dozens dead, injured or missing and  tens of thousands  displaced near, as numerous local governments declared a state of calamity.

The flooding forced authorities to shut government offices, the stock exchange, foreign embassies  and schools throughout the region.

“In the light of the severe flooding in some parts of Metro Manila and with the Orange Rainfall Advisory, upon both the recommendation of MMDA and PAGASA, the Executive Secretary has ordered the suspension of work in the government offices in Metro Manila today, August 20, except those involved in disaster risk reduction and management,” the Presidential Spokesperson declare on official website.

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Flooding in Metro Manila. EDSA – Taft Rotonda. Photo provided by the Metro Manila Development Authority.

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Photo provided by the Metro Manila Development Authority shows the extent of flooding in Metro Manila, Philippiens.

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Disaster Calendar – August 19, 2013

Posted by feww on August 19, 2013

Hundreds dead or missing as floods and mudslides devastate China

Extreme rain events, flooding and mudslides in northeast and southern China have left hundreds of people dead, injured or missing.

“The Heilongjiang Provincial Hydrological Bureau forecast the stretch of the Heilong River between Tongjiang and Fuyuan County will witness the largest flooding in its history. Authorities in Tongjiang have started a Grade I response preparing for floods,” said a report.

  • The deluge has destroyed or damaged at least 210,000 houses in Jilin, Heilongjiang, Guangdong and Liaoning provinces, with the direct economic losses estimated at 18.5 billion yuan (3 billion U.S. dollars), said a report.
  • Torrential rains and floods triggered by Typhoon Utor have affected 680,000 people in eight cities in Guangxi. Some 16,660 hectares of crops have been damaged and 1,080 houses have been destroyed.
  • In Guangdong Province, TY UTOR has affected more than 2.5 million people destroying or damaging about 19,000 houses and forcing 513,000 people to relocate. The extreme rain has also ruined 173,333 hectares of farmland, according to local authorities.
  • “In central China’s Hunan Province, landslides triggered by continuous rainfalls over the past two days have left one dead and 14 others buried or missing,” said a report.

[NOTE: Some of the stats quoted above are already outdated as the  catastrophe continues to unfold in China on an almost hourly basis.]

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Original caption: People walk on ruins after the flood in Nankouqian Township, Fushun, northeast China’s Liaoning Province, Aug. 18, 2013. The death toll has risen to 54 as of Monday morning after the worst flooding in decades ravaged Fushun City, northeast China’s Liaoning Province, said the local authorities on Aug. 19, 2013. Extreme rainstorms battered Liaoning from Thursday to Saturday, leaving many rivers flooded in Fushun. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)

  • In Fushun City, 139,800 houses were damaged and many have collapsed.
  • In Guangdong province, 19,000 houses have collapsed or sustained severe damage, forcing  about 513,000 residents to relocate.  The direct economic loss is estimated at 490 million yuan (80 million U.S. dollars).
  • “Heilongjiang Province reported [37]  flood-related deaths. The floods have destroyed over 2,500 houses and severely damaged at least 12,500 others, with direct economic losses estimated at 7.13 billion yuan (1.15 billion U.S. dollars).”
  • In Jilin Province, at least “35,000 houses were destroyed or damaged with direct economic losses at 2.4 billion yuan (387 million U.S. dollars).”
  • “As of 10 a.m. Monday, a total of 1.8 million people in 30 counties in Liaoning Province have been affected and 162,000 have been evacuated from flooded areas. More than 6,100 buildings have collapsed and the total direct economic loss is around 8.5 billion yuan(1.39 billion U.S. dollars), according to the ministry.”

Don’t bring your car to China!

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Heping Town in Shantou City, south China’s Guangdong Province devastated by extreme rain events and severe flooding, August19, 2013.  (Xinhua/Yao Jun). More images…

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Philippines’ Cebu declares calamity as sunken ferry leaks oil

The central Philippine province of Cebu has declared a state of calamity as an oil slick from a ferry that sank last week spread to about 20 percent of the coast, said a report.

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16 Counties across three states declared agricultural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 16 counties in three states as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by frost and freezing temperatures that occurred March 25-29, 2013.

The disaster designations are

  • Alabama: Baldwin, Escambia, Mobile, Washington, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Covington and Monroe counties.
  • Florida: Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties.
  • Mississippi: George, Greene, Jackson and Wayne counties.

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Beaver Creek Fire Consumes 100,000 acres

As of August 18, 2013 10pm,  the Beaver Creek Fire had grown to at about 100,921 acres with 8% containment.

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Beaver Creek Fire. Red Flag conditions, including higher temperatures and wind gusts to 38 miles per hour, increased fire activity on the Beaver Creek Fire. Credit: Sawtooth National Forest/ USFS.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – August 18, 2013

Posted by feww on August 18, 2013

Extreme monsoon triggers severe flooding, swamps more than 200 villages in Pakistan

The latest episode has left hundreds of people dead, injured or unaccounted for, local media reported.

“The rains affected 334,764 people, killed at least 108 people, and wounded 104,” said a senior National Disaster Management Authority official. The rains have hit 770 villages and completely destroyed 2,427 houses across Pakistan, he added.

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An aerial view of the flood-hit area of Boddomali in Sialkot district, Punjab province, in Pakistan. PHOTO: APP (Image may be subject to copyright).

Flood warnings have been issued for more than 200 villages near the Chenab River, officials said.

Egypt Killing Fields

Egyptian army and the paramilitary police have evacuated supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi from AL Fateh Mosque in downtown Cairo. The latest  round of clashes starting Friday thru Saturday morning have left at least 173 civilian and 57 military/police personnel dead, according to government figures.

Floods, typhoon devastate China

“Dozens of people have been killed and millions more affected in China as floods ravaged the country’s northeast and typhoon lashed southern provinces over the past few days,” said a report.

The worst affected areas are in Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning Provinces.

“While the northeast regions are battling the flooding, southern Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region are fighting with a devastating typhoon (TY UTOR, the 11th and the strongest so far this year, made landfall Wednesday near Yangjiang, Guangdong), which has left at least 10 people dead and four others missing.” The report said.

The SW monsoon hit Guangdong soon after the typhoon, leaving more people  dead and others missing, according to local flood control authorities.

Floods have destroyed or severely damaged at least 60,000 homes in the affected areas.

Residents of Seddon, NZ Abandon Town After Quake Swarm

[Our thanks to Nana for the heads up. JMC]

Terrified residents were fleeing Seddon last night after a 5.5 earthquake rattled the quake-weary town.

The aftershock that struck just before 9 o’clock last night was more than some residents could take, with at least one family leaving town for good.

Red Cross team leader Ben McKinnon said the succession of strong aftershocks was proving too much for some locals.

“We’ve actually just had people turn up after this latest aftershock who were heading for Nelson tonight.

“They’ve decided they don’t want to live in Seddon any more. They’ve got very young kids and they’re going nuts so they just threw everything into the car and took off.

“There’s a lot of very anxious people and anxious kids as well,” said McKinnon, who was manning a welfare centre at Seddon School.

Despite widespread damage to homes at the epicentre of Friday’s quake there have been just five injuries, including one person with a broken back. [More... ]

34 Dead, 85 missing in the Philippines latest maritime disaster

Death toll in the ferry collision off the Philippine Coast has climbed to 34, officials said.  St Thomas Aquinas passenger ferry collided with the cargo vessel MV Sulpicio Express 7 in the seas off Talisay, Cebu Province in central Philippines.  As of Sunday morning, at least 85 passengers were unaccounted for.

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Typhoon UTOR Batters Northern Philippines

Posted by feww on August 12, 2013

Typhoon UTOR Batters Northern Philippines

Typhoon UTOR struck the coast of eastern Aurora province with sustained winds of about 180 km/hr (110 mph) and gusts of up to 210 km/hr, leaving at least one person dead and dozens missing.

UTOR devastated the coastal town of Casiguran, destroying houses knocking down overhead electricity and phone lines and uprooting poles and trees.

Torrential rains triggered landslides that blocked the only access road to the town, local reports said.

The typhoon crossed Luzon, Philippines’ main northern island, heading west towards South China Sea with sustained winds of about 145 km/hr.

UTOR, which means “squall line” in Marshallese, was the 12th of about 20 tropical cyclones forecast to hit the Philippines this year.

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