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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

JANGMI disasters
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

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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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Killer MARIO: States of Calamity Declared in Philippines

Posted by feww on September 20, 2014

STATES OF CALAMITY
MEGA DISASTERS
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
DEADLY STORMS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS (ERES)
SEVERE FLOODS
MASS DISPLACEMENT
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 900, 888, 444, 111, 078, 071, 070, 066, 047, 027, 023, 09, 02
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Deadly Storm Displaces More than 200,000 in the Philippines

The Mega Disaster has left 206,368 people (45,255 families) homeless, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong, known locally as TS “Mario,” has killed at least 5 people, leaving 7 others injured and 711,069 persons (154,204 families) affected in the Philippines, said NDRRMC.

The deadly storm has caused large-scale destruction in Ilocos, Central and Southern Luzon, Central Luzon, Cordillera, Bicol and Metro Manila.  Some 313 areas remain submerged under up to 2 meters of floodwater.

Fung-Wong was located 19.4ºN, 120.1ºE about 143km NNW Laoag City, as of 1:00 pm local time, said NDRRMC.

The storm has intensified packing maximum sustained winds of 105km/h,  moving NNE toward southern Taiwan.

States of Calamity

States of calamity have been declared for the following areas, as of posting.

  • Cebu City
  • Marikina City
  • The town of Cainta in Rizal
  • Ilocos Norte

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Tens of Thousands Evacuated as Floods Shut Down Manila

Posted by feww on September 19, 2014

MEGA DISASTERS
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
DEADLY STORMS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS (ERES)
SEVERE FLOODS
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 888, 444, 111, 078, 071, 070, 066, 047, 027, 023, 09, 02
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Extreme Rain Events shut down Philippine capital, affect 500,000 people

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in the Philippine capital Manila and neighboring provinces as extreme rains brought by tropical storm Fung-Wong triggers widespread flooding.

In less than 12 hours, Fong-Wong and the seasonal monsoon dumped more than 3/4 of the average monthly rainfall for September over Metro Manila on Friday, said PAGASA the state weather agency.

Some 268mm of rain was recorded at the PAGASA Science Garden in Quezon City between 8.00 p.m. Thursday and 8.00 a.m. Friday. The average monthly rainfall for September
is 351mm.

The extreme rain events forced the government to suspend classes and shut down public offices in Metro Manila and 15 other provinces, said a report.

Meantime, the Marikina River reached its critical level while the La Mesa Dam in Quezon City spilled water, forcing about 30,000 residents nearby to flee their homes.

Flooding has killed at least one person and affected about 500,000 people.

Fung-Wong, locally known as Tropical Storm MARIO, is the second tropical storm to strike northern Philippines this week.

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Billion-Dollar Typhoon Kills Many in Philippines, China

Posted by feww on July 20, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
MAJOR STORM
POWERFUL  TYPHOON
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATE OF CALAMITY
SCENARIOS  444, 111, 088, 070, 066, 033, 023
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Typhoon RAMMASUN Buffets S China

The most powerful typhoon to hit southern China in over 4 decades has killed at least two dozen people, after wreaking death and destruction on the Philippine Islands.

RAMMASUN made landfall on Friday with sustained winds of more than 200km/h.

It killed at least 94 people in northern Philippines earlier this week, and has caused at least a billion dollars worth of damage in the two countries.

Heavy rain brought by the monster storm to the region is also affecting Vietnam.

Typhoon MATMO is now threatening the  Philippines.

damage caused by TY RAMMASUN
A banana field lays  ruined after Typhoon RAMMASUN struck Haian Township, Xuwen County, in south China’s Guangdong Province, July 19, 2014.  The Typhoon, said to be strongest to hit south China in 41 years, wreaked havoc in western part of Guangdong, affecting 1,060,000 people and leaving 99,000 others displaced. (Xinhua/Liang Xu). More images…

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State of Calamity Declared in Philippines

Posted by feww on July 16, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
MAJOR STORM
POWERFUL  TYPHOON
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATE OF CALAMITY DECLARED
SCENARIOS  444, 111, 088, 070, 066, 033, 023
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Typhoon RAMMASUN forces mass evacuations in the Philippines

At least ½ million people were evacuated as multiple Philippine provinces declared a state of calamity due to the damage caused by Typhoon RAMMASUN [aka GLENDA.]

The typhoon has claimed at least a dozen lives , as of posting, forced closure of Manila airport, and cut power to more than 10 million customers across Luzon.

“Major roads across Luzon were blocked by debris, fallen trees, electricity poles and tin roofs ripped off village houses. The storm uprooted trees in the capital where palm trees lining major arteries were bent over by the wind as broken hoardings bounced down the streets,” said a report.

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RAMMASUN Targets Philippines Ground Zero

Posted by feww on July 15, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
MAJOR STORM
CATEGORY 3 TYPHOON

SCENARIOS  088, 070, 066, 033, 023
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Typhoon RAMMASUN forces mass evacuations along Philippines eastern coastal areas

RAMMASUN making first landfall with sustained winds of about 200 km/h and max wind gust of up to 235km/h.

At 10:00UTC the powerful typhoon was positioned near 13.2N 124.0E, located about 420km ESE of Manila, tracking WNW at about 15 km/h, and generating maximum significant wave height of about 15 m, according to FIRE-EARTH Models.

RAMMASUN is expected to make a direct hit on the capital Manila, according to several models. It is forecast to dump up to 320mm of rain on parts of the country at rates of about 25 mm per hour.

It is the strongest storm to slam into the country since super typhoon HAIYAN, which obliterated  just about everything along its path, killing thousands of people and leaving millions more homeless when it crossed the central Philippines in November 2013.

RAMMASUN
Typhoon RAMMASUN. IR-WV Diff. Satellite Image.  Timed at 08:32UTC. Source: CIMSS

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M6.3 Quake Strikes Near Davao Gulf

Posted by feww on July 14, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 08, 07
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Strong Quake Strikes SSE of Davao, Philippines

Centered at 5.681°N, 126.570°E the quake occurred at a depth of about 44.9km (27.9mi) some 86km (53mi) SSE of Pondaguitan, Mindanao, Philippines, said USGS/EHP.

The shock was followed by at least one significant aftershock as of posting.

To be updated …

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Coconut Scale Threatens Food Security in Philippines

Posted by feww on June 9, 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE
CROP DISASTER
FOOD SECURITY THREAT
COCONUT SCALE INSECT INFESTATION
STATE OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIO 123
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State of Emergency Declared in Philippines as Coconut Scale Insect Infests Million Trees

Coconut scale insects have infested more than a million trees in the country, which are in danger of dying, according to the Philippine Coconut Authority.

The insects have also infested lanzones and banana plants in several regions—Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) and Basilan in Mindanao.

The Philippine President has declared a state of emergency in five provinces so far, but may extend the coverage due to the scale of disaster.

“If the spread of this invasive pest is not contained, it may wipe out the coconut industry not just in Calabarzon but eventually in the rest of the country,” said the president in his executive order declaring the state of emergency.

The loss to the Philippine coconut industry could amount to more than US$ 1 billion.

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Coconut scale Aspidiotus destructor Signoret. Photo credit: Bernhard Loehr/ Bugwood.org

“It is serious enough to ask for emergency measures… If we don’t address this, it could spread to the Bicol region, and also in the Zamboanga peninsula,” said the Presidential Assistant for Food Security. 

The infestation was first reported in 2010 but the authorities failed to stop the spread.  Coconut scale insects are wind-borne and can easily spread to other regions, experts say.

The armored scale insects, known scientifically as Aspidiotus destructor Signoret (Hemiptera: familia Diaspididae), are tiny plant parasites, causing yellowing or chlorosis, wilting, premature nutfall (in coconut) and low yield because they siphons off the plant sap.

The coconut scale is a common pest of coconut and banana, but it also infests other trees and plants including avocado, bird of paradise, breadfruit, ginger, guava, mango, mock orange, mountain apple, palm, papaya, pandanas, plumeria and sugarcane.

The parasite is common to tropical and subtropical regions, especially on islands. The insects have been found in American Samoa, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Irian Jaya, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Western Samoa, and now the Philippine islands.

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Significant Quakes Strike Philippines, Micronesia, New Caledonia

Posted by feww on May 16, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 07, 08
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 EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.7Mw
Event Time: 2014-05-16 00:40:15 UTC
Location: 22.477°S 173.065°E depth=7.7km (4.8mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 104km (65mi) E of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

Magnitude: 6.2Mw
Event Time: 2014-05-15 10:16:41 UTC
Location: 9.376°N 122.068°E depth=14.0km (8.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 50km (31mi) WSW of Alim, Philippines
  • 52km (32mi) WSW of Asia, Philippines
  • 55km (34mi) SW of Sipalay, Philippines
  • 80km (50mi) W of Bayawan, Philippines
  • 590km (367mi) SSE of Manila, Philippines

Magnitude: 6.6Mw
Event Time: 2014-05-15 08:16:34 UTC
Location: 6.509°N 144.899°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 96km (60mi) SSE of Ifalik, Micronesia
  • 757km (470mi) W of Weno, Micronesia
  • 767km (477mi) S of Mangilao Village, Guam
  • 771km (479mi) S of Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon Village, Guam
  • 770km (478mi) S of Hagatna, Guam

EQ Location Map

EQ Loc,map 16may14
Source: USGS/EHP

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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

Eric Schmidt you’re a LIAR!

DON’T BLAME GOOGLE’S COMMERCIALLY MOTIVATED  CENSORSHIP AND CORPORATE THEFT ON NSA.

Search term “Super Typhoon HAIYAN” does not list FIRE-EARTH on Google (we tried the first 12 pages), even though FEWW was the first source in the world to forecast Super Typhoon status for HAIYAN.

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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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