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Significant Events – April 30, 2016

Posted by feww on April 30, 2016

Strong aftershocks continue to rattle Vanuatu

Latest Events [USGS/EHP]

  • M5.1 (16.262°S, 167.205°E) 27km SW of Lakatoro, Vanuatu 2016-04-30 09:26:30 UTC; depth=12.1km
  • M4.7 28km SW of Lakatoro, Vanuatu 2016-04-30 08:45:57 UTC 7.3 km
  • M6.0 (16.306°S, 167.188°E) 32km SW of Lakatoro, Vanuatu 2016-04-30 08:35:42 UTC; depth=4.8km
  • M5.0 31km SW of Norsup, Vanuatu 2016-04-30 04:38:28 UTC; depth=10.0km
  • M4.8 48km W of Norsup, Vanuatu 2016-04-29 22:50:14 UTC;depth=19.3km

Philippines: Drought and dry spells [OCHA]

Some 42 per cent of the Philippines is currently experiencing drought or dry spells brought on by El Niño effect. As of 15 April, 39 provinces, cities, municipalities and villages have declared a state of calamity. The worst affected areas are Mindanao and the Visayas regions. According to UN OCHA, around 181,687 farmers and 224,834 hectares of agricultural land have been affected since January 2016. Already, an estimated CHF 81 million in agricultural production has been lost. Rainfall for March was again well below normal.

Most of the affected areas are in Mindanao. According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as of April 16, a total of 457,497 families or 2,124,790 persons from Regions NCR, I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, VI, VII, X, XI, XII, and ARMM have been affected by El Nino.

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3.5 Million People Affected by Climatic Events in Philippines

Posted by feww on April 25, 2016

Global Disasters/ Significant Events – April 25, 2016

An estimated 3.5 million people have been affected by climatic events, including El Niño, across the Philippines, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

As of  April 20, DSWD released US$14.8 million for food assistance and cash-for-work programs, officials said.

Japan

Following the two powerful earthquakes that struck Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14 and 16, an estimated 60,000 people remain in more than 600 evacuation shelters. “The Government has secured apartment units for 8,350 households as temporary accommodation,” said UNOCHA.

The official toll stands at 48 fatalities and more than 1,400 injuries.

Timor Leste

An estimated 120,000 people are in need of water, food sanitation, health, and education support across five municipalities of Lautém, Viqueque, Baucau, Covalima and Oecusse, which have been severely impacted by El Niño-induced drought, said UNOCHA.

Myanmar

High winds, hail and torrential rains have buffeted more than 40 townships across Mandalay and Sagaing regions and Shan, Kachin and Chin states in Myanmar. Destroying or damaging thousands of houses damaged. “As of 25 April, authorities confirmed 14 deaths and 18 people injured due to the severe weather conditions – these figures are expected to change as more information becomes available. In Kachin, strong winds destroyed internally displaced persons (IDP) shelter and camp structures.”  [UNOCHA]

“On 16 and 19 April, fighting reportedly broke out between the military and an armed group identified as part of the Arakan Army in Kyautaw and Rathedaung townships, Rakhine State. Village authorities confirmed that about 80 households (380 people) were displaced. Local authorities and the military provided rice and basic health care services to the displaced people.”

Samoa

Category 2 Tropical Cyclone AMOS brought heavy rains triggering landslides in Upolu Island and flooding low lying coastal areas [April 23 -24.] “Electricity and water supply was temporarily disrupted across the archipelago – power outages affected 70 per cent of the country. No fatalities have been reported.” [UNOCHA]

 

 

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Significant Earthquakes – January 11-12, 2016

Posted by feww on January 12, 2016

Latest significant global seismicity

M6.5 centered at 3.864°N 126.867°E depth=20.8 km (12.9mi) about 230km SE of Sarangani, Philippines [2016-01-11 16:38:07 UTC]

M6.2 centered at 44.465°N 141.076°E depth=239.9 km (149.0 mi) about 74km NW of Rumoi, Japan [2016-01-11 17:08:03 (UTC)]

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Typhoon MELOR Kills 20 in Philippines as New Storm Approaches

Posted by feww on December 17, 2015

MELOR kills at least 20 people, displaces 68,000

The typhoon weakened to a low pressure area on Thursday and moved further out to the South China Sea, after killing at least 20 people, injuring many more and leaving at least 68,000 people displaced.

MELOR packing powerful, destructive winds caused widespread flooding across the central and northern regions of the Philippines throughout the week.

Tropical Depression ONYOK Approaches Philippines

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression TWENTYNINE [locally called “ONYOK” ] moved closer to the archipelago, headed toward  the southern island of Mindanao, and forecast to bring heavy rain to the country.

Floodwaters of up to 100cm deep still covered farming regions about an hour’s drive north of Manila, and were expected to rise to as high as 150cm (5 feet), as waters from other parts of the main island of Luzon flowed into the floodplain, a disaster management officer told AFP.

Recent Deadly Typhoons in the Philippines

  • Typhoon KOPPU slammed northern Philippines in October this year killing at least 54 people and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.
  • Typhoon HAGUPIT [locally known as “Ruby,”] which was the second most intense tropical cyclone in 2014, triggered severe floods and landslides causing substantial damage to the central regions and killing 53 people.
  • In 2013, Super Typhoon HAIYAN [“Yolanda,”] the strongest storm recorded at landfall, wiped out entire communities and left up to 8,000 people dead or missing.
  • Typhoon BOPHA left about 2,000 dead or missing across Mindanao in 2012.
  • Tropical Storm WASHI killed at least 1,200 across Mindanao in December 2011. then

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TY MELOR Forces Preemptive Mass Evacuations in Albay, Philippines

Posted by feww on December 14, 2015

MELOR continues to cause havoc across central Philippines

The entire province of Albay (pop:1.2 million) was placed under a “state of imminent disaster” on Monday as Typhoon MELOR [locally known as “NONA] threatened the archipelago country.

About 725,000 people (161,000+ families) in the central Philippines fled to safer areas, as MELOR threatened to dump up to 300mm of rain, cause large storm surges of up to 4 meters, unleash flash floods and landslides.

State weather bureau PAGASA said: “Estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to at times intense within the 300 km diameter of the typhoon.”

Public storm warning signals were issued for dozens of areas across central Philippines.

The typhoon was forecast to cross Burias Island Late Monday, and pass over Mindoro provinces on Tuesday, PAGASA said.

MELOR is expected to exit landmass by late Tuesday and leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday.

Schools were ordered shut across 11 provinces, three municipalities and five cities, said the national disaster management council (NDRRMC).

The typhoon knocked out power in at lest three large areas: Eastern samar, Northen Samar and Sorsogon, said NDRRMC.

Recent Deadly Typhoons in the Philippines

  • Typhoon KOPPU slammed northern Philippines in October killing at least 54 people and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.
  • Typhoon HAGUPIT [locally known as “Ruby,”] which was the second most intense tropical cyclone in 2014, triggered severe floods and landslides causing substantial damage to the central regions and killing 53 people.
  • In 2013, Super Typhoon HAIYAN [“Yolanda,”] the strongest storm recorded at landfall, wiped out entire communities and left up to 8,000 people dead or missing.

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Ferocious Typhoon Nearing Philippines Ground Zero Hit by HAIYAN

Posted by feww on December 13, 2015

MELOR could become a super typhoon

MELOR is currently packing sustained winds of about 230 km/hr and could become a super typhoon as it continue strengthen within the next 8 hours, with winds of about 260 km/hr (max. gusts of 320 km/hr). 

The typhoon is expected to bring torrential rains of about 30cm to areas within a 300-km of its diameter.

MELOR is headed toward Philippines ground zero the area devastated by HAIYN, which killed more than 6,300 people and left about 1.5 million homeless, in November 2013.

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Strong Quake Strikes NW Sumatra

Posted by feww on November 8, 2015

UPDATED

M6.1 quake strikes S of Medan, Indonesia

Magnitude: 6.1Mw
Location: 0.743°N 98.875°E (about 250km south of Medan, North Sumatra)
Depth: 75.1 km
Time: 2015-11-08 09:34:57 UTC
[Source: USGS/EHP]

Latest Significant Earthquakes

M 5.3 – 273km SSW of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia
Location: 48.388°N 154.768°E
Depth: 44.2 km
Time: 2015-11-08 15:40:55 UTC

M 5.7 – 114km SE of Atka, Alaska
Location: 51.500°N 172.981°W
Depth: 33.5 km
Time: 2015-11-08 11:33:16 UTC

M5.4 – 98km SE of Atka, Alaska
Location: 51.624°N 173.116°W
Depth: 47.6 km
Time: 2015-11-08 10:46:21 UTC

M5.2 – 138km NW of Sabang, Indonesia
Location: 6.880°N 94.548°E
Depth:  27.1 km
Time: 2015-11-08 10:42:04 UTC

M 5.3 – 58km ENE of Tarata, Peru
Location: 17.369°S 69.495°W
Depth: 165.0 km
Time: 2015-11-08 08:13:37 UTC

M 5.7 – 3km N of Binabalian Ricor, Philippines
Location: 16.456°N 119.927°E
Depth: 35.3 km
Time: 2015-11-07 19:40:12 UTC

M 5.3 – 1km W of Moriya, Japan
Location: 35.931°N 139.982°E
Depth: 106.1 km
Time: 2015-11-07 13:44:44 UTC

[Source: USGS/EHP]

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Typhoon KOPPU Affects About 2.4 Million People

Posted by feww on October 25, 2015

KOPPU killed 47, injured 82 and left 4 missing

The following stats were issued by the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in their latest Situation Report No. 17, published October 24, 2015.

  • Typhoon KOPPU [locally know as “LANDO”] has affected 536,408 families or 2,356,408 persons, in Regions, I, II, III, IV-A, V, NCR and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
  • The storm has displaced 543,100 people (120,600 families) across Regions I, II, III and CAR.
  • So far 47 deaths have been confirmed, with 82 others injured and 4 missing in Regions I, II, III, IV-A and CAR.
  • Nearly 24,000 people (5,426 families, or 23, 993 persons) were evacuated from the projected path of the typhoon.
  • A total of 803 schools were damaged or destroyed.
  • A total of 26,675 houses were damaged or destroyed.
  • States of calamity were declared for two (2) provinces, one (1)  city and eleven (11) municipalities.
    • Aurora and Isabela provinces and nine municipalities in six provinces newly declared a state of calamity.
  • About 400,000 MT of rice was either damaged or lost due to the storm.
  • Total cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure: PHP9,856,328,602.93 (~ USD211.5 million), ratio of 7:1.

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Powerful Typhoon KOPPU Battering N. Philippines

Posted by feww on October 18, 2015

Slow-moving typhoon dumping significant amounts of precipitation on northern Philippines

Typhoon KOPPU [locally named “LANDO”] made landfall on the island of Luzon Sunday morning, packing winds of about 200 km/h (124mph).

About a dozen people are dead, or reported missing in storm-related incidents.

The massive system continues to dump significant amounts of precipitation, triggering floods and landslides, destroying homes, toppling trees and power lines.

More than 16,000 people were forced to abandon their homes, as of posting, with more evacuations expected in the next few days, as the slow-moving system continues to batter the region.

KOPPU is forecast to exit the Philippines Tuesday, heading toward Taiwan.

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Typhoon KOPPU Intensifies, Slows Down

Posted by feww on October 17, 2015

KOPPU menacing N. Philippines

Typhoon KOPPU (TY 24W), Locally known as “LANDO,” currently packing sustained winds of about 220 km/h, is forecast to intensify further.

October 17 @ 12;00UTC

Max sustained winds:  ~ 220 km/h
Max wind gusts: 265 km/h
Max significant wave height: ~ 15m
Position and movement: Near 15.7N, 123.0E (Moving W. at about 10km/h toward Aurora Province)
Location: 320 km ENE of Manila, Philippines

ty 24w
Nightmare scenario? Typhoon KOPPU (TY 24W) tracking west toward the Philippines, chased by Typhoon CHAMPI (TY 25W). Image source: MTSAT/ NOAA

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Powerful Rainstorms Pound E. US, N. Philippines, much of Japan

Posted by feww on October 2, 2015

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding affecting parts of East Coast

Hurricane JOAQUIN a double whammy regardless of track

Many parts of the eastern U.S. are currently experiencing heavy rains and gusty winds associated with a frontal system. These rainstorms could continue for the next few days, even if the center of Hurricane JOAQUIN stays offshore. The resulting inland flood potential could complicate preparations for JOAQUIN, specially if heads toward the coast, where even more substantial inland flooding could occur. —NOAA

Philippines

Tropical Storm KABAYAN, packing strong winds, dumped heavy rain within a 300-km radius of the center of storm, before exiting landmass.

At 11:00 AM on 02 October 2015 the storm center was located at 16.5°N, 119.6°E about 95 km Northwest of Dagupan City, Pangasinan. The storm was headed toward West Philippine Sea.

Japan

Powerful rainstorms with typhoon-strength winds, generated by a broad low pressure system, pumelled most of Japan overnight, causing major diruptions in transportation and forcing flight and train cancellations.

Strong gusts and heavy rain from the system are forecast to continue until Friday afternoon, said the local forecasters.

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12.6 Million People Suffering Chronic Food Insecurity in Mindanao, Philippines

Posted by feww on September 8, 2015

Millions of people in 18 provinces of Mindanao suffering chronic food insecurity: Report

About three quarters of the population analyzed in 18 of Mindanao provinces, or an estimated 12.6 million people, are suffering from chronic food insecurity, according to a UN report using the IPC standardized scale. 

“The provinces of Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Zamboanga del Norte, Lanao del Norte and Maguindanao registered the highest percentages of food-insecure population. These provinces indicated high prevalence of stunting, poor access to improved water source s and low breastfeeding rates,” said the report.

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Latest Earthquakes in Alaska, Mexico, NZ Region

Posted by feww on September 8, 2015

List of Earthquakes measuring ≥ 4.5Mw since September 7

A swarm of at least 11 earthquakes measuring 4.7Mw or greater have occurred in Kermadec Trench, SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand since September 7, 2015. The largest quake measured 6.4Mw.

M4.9, 156km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 11:37:25 UTC 10.0 km
M4.6, 134km NE of Chignik Lake, Alaska 2015-09-08 11:34:40 UTC 10.0 km
M4.8, 174km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 10:17:42 UTC 22.1 km
M4.6, 121km SW of Pijijiapan, Mexico 2015-09-08 08:30:39 UTC 43.3 km
M5.5, 199km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 08:19:53 UTC 11.0 km
M5.7, 134km SSW of Pijijiapan, Mexico 2015-09-08 08:03:54 UTC 4.0 km
M5.6, 181km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 06:48:33 UTC 10.0 km
M5.2, 155km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 02:50:57 UTC 10.0 km
M4.7, 230km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 23:56:50 UTC 10.0 km
M5.2, 170km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 20:24:57 UTC 10.0 km
M6.2, 196km SE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 14:06:24 UTC 10.0 km
M4.8, 31km NE of San Isidro, Philippines 2015-09-07 12:22:41 UTC 57.6 km
M4.9, 184km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 10:30:23 UTC 12.4 km
M4.8, 188km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 09:52:32 UTC 39.4 km
M6.4, 191km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 09:13:58 UTC 35.4 km

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Typhoon GONI Causes Death and Destruction across Asia Pacific

Posted by feww on August 26, 2015

GONI leaves a trail of death and destruction along its path

Typhoon GONI made landfall in the Philippines on August 22 bringing torrential rains, causing floods and landslides and prompting three provinces in northern Luzon to declare states of calamity.

The typhoon left at least 26 people dead, 15 missing and dozens injured. It destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 houses, forcing thousands to flee their homes.

It left about 70 people injured in southern Japan, prompting mass evacuations.

The typhoon caused transport chaos in Shanghai, China, forcing flight cancellations.

Heavy rains associated with the powerful storm system left at least 40 people dead in Rason City, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and affected more than 11,000 others.

Flooding also destroyed or damaged at least 1,000 homes in the country, inundating farmlands and spoiling crops.

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Strong Earthquake Strikes near Santa Monica, Philippines

Posted by feww on July 3, 2015

M6.2 Quake Strikes PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION

Centered at 125.99°E, 10.21°N the quake struck at a depth of about 67 km, said GEOFON Extended Virtual Network (GEVN).

 

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Super Typhoon NOUL – UPDATE 100300UTC

Posted by feww on May 10, 2015

NOUL packing sustained winds of 265km/hr

Update 100300UTC [Based on FIRE-EARTH Models using the available satellite data]

Position: Near 16.9ºN, 122.7ºE
Location: About 320km NE of Manila, Philippines
Max. Sustained Winds: 265km/hr
Max. Wind Gusts: 320km/hr
Max. Significant Wave Height: 15 meters
Movement: NNW (330 degrees) at 17 km/hr

SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN #13-A (DOST AGASA)
  • Typhoon NOUL [“DODONG”]  is expected to make landfall over Sta. Ana Pt., Cagayan this afternoon or early evening (local time), May 10, and will exit the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday morning, May 12.
  • Residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces with Public Storm Warning Signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
  • Storm surges of up to 1.5 meters are possible over the eastern coast of Isabela and Cagayan.

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Major Typhoon AND Restive Volcano Threaten Philippines

Posted by feww on May 8, 2015

Bulusan volcano spewing ash, typhoon NOUL dumping heavy rain

The Bulusan volcano (12.7667°N, 124.0500°E), restive for eight days, has been spewing out steam and ash in central Sorsogon province, Philippines.

At 9:46 PM on May 6, 2015, Bulusan Volcano (12.7667°N, 124.0500°E) in Sorsogon Province generated a steam-driven explosion from a vent on its northwest upper slopes that propelled an ash plume approximately 250 m high before it drifted west. The explosion event lasted 3.5 minutes based on the seismic records. Traces of ash were observed in Sitio Tulay of Brgy. Bagsangan, Cogon, Monbon, and Tinampo in Irosin, Sorsogon. This event was preceded by a similar steam-driven explosion from the same vent on May 1, 2015 that lasted 5 minutes. Such  explosions are typical to Bulusan during restive periods, when its hydrothermal system is disturbed or when steam accumulates and pressurizes at the shallow levels of the volcanic edifice. Based on past records,  more explosions can be expected to occur with varying intensity, duration and distribution of ash. DOST-PHIVOLCS

Meantime, major typhoon NOUL, the fourth to strike the country so far this year, is forecast to dump up to 30cm of rain along its path threatening to unleash lahar around Mt Bulusan, officials said.

NOUL Location as of 4:00pm Local Time
The typhoon (locally known  as DODONG) was about 510 km East of Sorsogon City (12.9°N, 128.7°E), forecast to make landfall as a category four storm at the weekend, said the official agency PAGASA.

NOUL was packing maximum sustained winds of about 150 kp/h with maximum wind gusts of up to 185 kp/h, moving WNW at about 17km/h, according to several models.

The typhoon is dumping “heavy to intense rainfall amount” within its 300-km diameter, said PAGASA.

NOUL-01
Typhoon NOUL – Image source: DOST/PAGASA

MT Bulusan

On Thursday, DOST-PHIVOLCS issued an Alert Level 1 for Mt Bulusan after an explosion late Wednesday, warning “hydrothermal processes may be underway beneath the volcano that may lead to more steam-driven eruptions.”

“The local government units and the public are reminded that entry to the four-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions,” the agency said in its latest bulletin.

 

Mayon Volcano Status

BULLETIN 08 May 2015 8:00 A.M.

Mayon Volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded five (5) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours. Very weak to moderate emission of white steam plumes that crept downslope towards southwest was observed. The summit was visible but no crater glow was observed last night. Precise leveling surveys on April 30 – May 4, 2015 indicated slight deflation of the edifice relative to the March 2015 surveys, although the edifice remains inflated relative to baseline levels.

Mayon Volcano’s alert status is currently at Alert Level 2. This means the volcano is at a moderate level of magmatic unrest. Although the volcano is currently exhibiting low-level of seismic activity, ground deformation data indicates that eruptible magma had already accumulated the previous year beneath the edifice. Current conditions may still change and eventually lead to hazardous eruption. The public is still reminded to avoid entry into the 6-km Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ due to perennial hazards of rockfalls, avalanche, ash puffs and sudden steam-driven or phreatic eruptions at the summit area. Furthermore, people living in valleys and active river channels are cautioned to remain vigilant against sediment-laden streamflows and lahars in the event of prolonged and heavy rainfall. PHIVOLCS-DOST is closely monitoring Mayon Volcano’s activity and any new development will be immediately posted to all concerned. DOST-PHIVOLCS

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Super Typhoon MAYSAK Turns Deadly

Posted by feww on April 1, 2015

State of Emergency Declared in Chuuk, FSM

Super Typhoon MAYSAK cut a swath of devastation across the central Pacific, killing at least eight people and prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency for the Micronesian state, said the FSM President Manny Mori.

MAYSAK has destroyed crops and contaminated water supplies, causing extensive damage to “schools, health facilities, public utilities, private residences”, he said, adding that the super typhoon was also responsible for “the sinking of several fishing, passenger and dive ships.”

It struck Chuuk Sunday night with sustained winds of 260 km/h before crossing the vast Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), battering the Yap group of islands on Wednesday and heading out to sea towards the Philippines, said reports.

Meantime, PAGASA  said the eye of MAYSAK, now downgraded to a Cat. 4-equivalent typhoon, had been located at 11.3°N, 136.4°E, or 1,165 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar  at 16:00 local time today. It  had maximum sustained winds of 190 km/h near the center with gusts of up to 225 km/h, and was moving WNW at 20 km/h.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – March 23, 2015

Posted by feww on March 23, 2015

Iraqi Kurdistan nears breaking point

More than 1 million people internally displaced by the terrorist group ISIL, recently calling itself Islamic State (IS), in Addition to 225,000 refugees from Syria are taking a devastating economic and social toll on Iraqi Kurdistan, says IRIN.

“The population of the semi-autonomous region has grown by 28 percent in the space of 12 months, piling pressure on education and health services. With further military offensives planned against IS, there are fears that yet more people will seek safety in the region.”

“The scale of the influx has created significant competition for jobs, pushing down wages and household incomes across the board, while demand for water, electricity and waste management is outstripping supply.”

Displaced women and girls trapped in Afghanistan’s cities

Seven out of 10 displaced Afghan female say they have never attended a school. They also face “significant constraints” to health and employment opportunities, according to a new report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

  • “We are imprisoned in our tents and we don’t have permission to go out. What is this sort of life worth?” says a 24 year-old woman from the Helmand province, internally displaced in Kabul and one of the respondents in the report.
  • “We are being sold in exchange for money like animals. Our rights are ignored; we are often sold to widowers, blind men, disabled or old men and we have no choice to refuse marrying them”, says a 23 year-old woman from the Muhammad Aghai district in the Logar province, now living in a camp for internally displaced in Kabul.
  • Displaced women and girls across Afghanistan cities are suffering unacceptable levels of hunger and high levels of psychological trauma, without any mental health assistance support to turn to, says the report.

Iraqi Kurdistan nears breaking point

More than 1 million people internally displaced by the terrorist group ISIL, recently calling itself Islamic State (IS), in Addition to 225,000 refugees from Syria are taking a devastating economic and social toll on Iraqi Kurdistan, says IRIN.

“The population of the semi-autonomous region has grown by 28 percent in the space of 12 months, piling pressure on education and health services. With further military offensives planned against IS, there are fears that yet more people will seek safety in the region.”

“The scale of the influx has created significant competition for jobs, pushing down wages and household incomes across the board, while demand for water, electricity and waste management is outstripping supply.”

Critical Food Insecurity in Central African Republic (CAR)

Farmers in the CAR urgently need seeds and tools for the planting season in April to prevent further deterioration of their livelihoods in the conflict-stricken country, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Some 1.5 million people are currently food insecure across the country and this figure is likely to rise in the absence of immediate support. Additionally, the significant food shortages across the country could worsen, population movements could result in increased tension, the return of displaced persons and refugees to their villages could be delayed.

Refugee Crisis in Cameroon

The number of internally displaced people in the north has nearly doubled since 10 February, to 117,000,  bringing the total number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 who are fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the remainder from the Central African Republic.

More than 120,000 displaced amid fighting in southern Philippines

More than 120,000 people have fled their homes since late January after fighting broke out between government forces and armed groups in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, reported UNHCR.

The number of displaced is expected to rise as the fighting spreads to local communities hosting the displaced, said the UN refugee agency.

An estimated 13 municipalities in Maguindanao and North Cotabato have been affected in eight weeks of clashes between the state security forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, said the report.

Some of the IDPs are sheltering in schools and public buildings, with unknown numbers staying with friends or relatives, according to UNHCR.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – December 30, 2014

Posted by feww on December 30, 2014

Flight QZ8501 debris found by Indonesian rescuers

FOUR bodies have been recovered from Java Sea off the Indonesian part of Borneo in the search for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501, the Indonesian government announced.

The Airbus A320-200, with 162 people on board, flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, disappeared on Sunday.

250,000 People flee their homes in Malaysia’s “worst ever” flooding

Malaysia’s worst ever flooding has forced about a quarter of a million people from their homes, authorities said.

The floods have killed at least two dozen people and destroyed or damaged scores of homes across the northeast.

Thailand

In neighboring Thailand, floods have killed at least eighteen people and displaced thousands of others. Five southern provinces remain submerged…

Philippines

Dozens of people have been killed, injured or reported missing after Tropical Storm JANGMI (local name “SENIANG”) hit central Philippines.

About 100,000 people (more than 20,000 families) have been affected in regions VII, X, XI and CARAGA, NDRRMC reported.

The disasters were caused by floods/ flash floods, landslides/ mudslides and maritime incidents.

NDRRMC Update – SitRep No. 5 – Effects of Tropical Storm “SENIANG” –
December 30, 2014, 6:00PM

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Source: NDRRMC

United States

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued dozens of Warnings, Watches and Advisories as cold, arctic air continues to spread across the Upper Midwest and northern and central Plains through Tuesday, plunging temperatures as much as 30 degrees (F) below normal.

National High and Low Temperature for the contiguous United States

Low Temperature for Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • -34ºC (-29ºF) at Pinedale, WY

High Temperature for Monday, December 29, 2014

  • 29.4ºC (85ºF) at Vero Beach, FL

Issued 7 am EST Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD

Temperature spread (calculated by FIRE-EARTH) = 63.4°C (114°F)

Kilauea Volcano
The average emission rate of sulfur dioxide ranged between 5,500 and 7,700 tonnes/day for the week ending on December 23 (HVO).

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Typhoon HAGUPIT Raking Philippines, Affecting 50M

Posted by feww on December 7, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR TYPHOON
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
STORM SURGES
COASTAL FLOODING
MASS EVACUATIONS
CROP DISASTERS
MAIN SCENARIOS: 900, 888, 808, [500,] 477, 444, 117, 111, 097, 071, 070, 047, 033, 027, 025, 023, 022, 012, 011, 09, 02
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HAGUPIT affecting half the Philippines population of 100M

Typhoon HAGUPIT is battering eastern Philippines, ripping roofs, downing trees and power lines, and inundating coastal areas with a powerful storm surge.

Up to a million people had already fled the coastal communities before the typhoon made its first landfall, leaving the city of Tacloban, destroyed by Typhoon HAIYAN in November 2013, and other communities looking like ghost towns, according to local reports.

HAGUPIT [known locally as RUBY] slammed into Dolores in Eastern Samar province at 9:15 p.m. local time on Saturday, with maximum sustained winds of at least 175 km/h, gusting to more than 210 km/h,  according to PAGASA.

“At 8:00 AM, today [Sunday,] the eye of Typhoon “RUBY” was located based on all available data at 70 km West Northwest of Catbalogan, Samar or 85 km Southeast of Masbate City  (12.0°N, 124.3°E),” reported PAGASA.

The massive typhoon, which has a diameter of about 640km, is expected to impact large portions of the country, affecting half the nation’s population of 100 million.

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TYPHOON 22W: Hundreds of Thousands Evacuated in Philippines

Posted by feww on December 6, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
SUPER TYPHOON
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
STORM SURGES
COASTAL FLOODING
MASS EVACUATIONS
CROP DISASTERS
MAIN SCENARIOS: 900, 888, 808, [500,] 477, 444, 117, 111, 097, 071, 070, 047, 033, 027, 025, 023, 022, 012, 011, 09, 02
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500,000+ Evacuated in C. Philippines as TY HAGUPIT approaches

At least 500,000 people, or more than 100,000 families, have been evacuated as Typhoon HAGUPIT, locally known as “RUBY,” continued to threaten the Philippines, according to the government.

22W is expected to slam the coast of Eastern Samar, or Northern Samar in central Philippines Saturday evening local time, said  the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA),

HAGUPIT was packing maximum sustained winds of about 190 km/hr, according to FIRE-EARTH models, as of posting.

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HAGUPIT Becomes a Super Typhoon

Posted by feww on December 4, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
SUPER TYPHOON
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
STORM SURGES
COASTAL FLOODING
MASS EVACUATIONS
CROP DISASTERS
MAIN SCENARIOS: 900, 888, 808, [500,] 477, 444, 117, 111, 097, 071, 070, 047, 033, 027, 025, 023, 022, 012, 011, 09, 02
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Super Typhoon 22W could cause widespread destruction in the  Philippines

Typhoon 22W [aka, HAGUPIT, locally called “RUBY”] was positioned near 10.2N 133.3E, about 800km east of Surigao City , packing sustained winds of about 305 km/h, at 05.00UTC on Thursday, December 4, according to FIRE-EARTH models.

  • Movement and Forward Speed: WNW at about 25 km/h
  • Max. Wind Gusts: 370 km/h
  • Max. Significant Wave Heights: ~ 20m

The super typhoon is forecast to reach within 30 km northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar and make landfall over the Samar area before noon on Saturday, according to PAGASA/DOST.

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Most Probable Track of Typhoon 22W. Source: PAGASA/DOST.

Authorities have placed at least 10 provinces under Storm Signal No. 1 as of posting:

Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte , Southern Leyte,  Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat.

The super storm may dump heavy – intense rain of up to 20 mm/hr over a 700-km diameter of the typhoon.

Storm surges, extreme rain events, flash floods,and landslides are expected to worsen what could be yet another major catastrophe.

In November 2013, Typhoon HAIYAN devastated Eastern Samar and the island of Leyte, leaving up to 8,000 people dead or missing, tens of thousands injured and about 5 million homeless.

 

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Typhoon HAGUPIT Targets the Philippines December 3, 2014

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Typhoon HAGUPIT Targets the Philippines

Posted by feww on December 3, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR TYPHOON
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
STORM SURGES
COASTAL FLOODING
MASS EVACUATIONS
CROP DISASTERS
MAIN SCENARIOS: 900, 888, 808, [500,] 477, 444, 117, 111, 097, 071, 070, 047, 033, 027, 025, 023, 022, 012, 011, 09, 02
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Typhoon 22W packing 200km/h winds; headed WNW

Typhoon 22W [aka, HAGUPIT, locally called “RUBY”] was positioned near 9.1°N 135.9°E, about 1,100km east of Hinatuan Surigao del Sur, packing sustained winds of over 200km/h, at 14.32UTC, according to FIRE-EARTH models.

  • Movement and Forward Speed; WNW at about 30km/h
  • Max. Significant Wave Heights: ~ 15m

22W - NOAA
Typhoon 22W [aka, HAGUPIT,”RUBY”] Image Source: NOAA/SSD/ West Pacific Imagery

Most probably track for TY 22W, as of posting:

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Track of Typhoon 22W. Source: PAGASA/DOST.

 

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Disasters in Asia and the Pacific This Week

Posted by feww on December 2, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
WIDESPREAD FLOODING
CROP DISASTERS
MAIN SCENARIOS: 900, 888, [500,] 477, 444, 117, 066, 047, 027, 025, 023, 022, 012, 011, 09, 02
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Philippines: Tropical Depression SINLAKU Impacts Regions IV-V, VI, VII, X, XI and CARAGA

  • About 80,000 people were affected
  • More than a dozen dead or missing
  • 330 Houses destroyed
  • 2,660 Homes damaged
  • Various crops destroyed

Indonesia: Continued flooding affected multiple Provinces

Flooding continued across Indonesia affecting tens of thousands of people acros Aceh, Banten, Central Sulawesi, West Java and West Sumatra Provinces.

Floods triggered 17 landslides across North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Central Java, West Java and East Kalimantan Provinces, killing at least five people, leaving hundreds of others displaced and damaging/ inundation  thousands of houses.

Viet Nam

Tropical Depression SINLAKU strengthened over the South China Seas bringing heavy rains, high winds and widespread flooding to the east-coast provinces of Binh Dinh and Phu Yen.

Preliminary dame reports indicate:

  • 4,000 hectares of agricultural crops destroyed
  • Hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged
  • About 1,800 households evacuated

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