Archive | July 22, 2014


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Depth: 208 km

Distances: 137km (85mi) NW of Nuku`alofa, Tonga
614km (382mi) ESE of Suva, Fiji

636km (395mi) SE of Lambasa, Fiji
729km (453mi) ESE of Nadi, Fiji

855km (531mi) SSW of Apia, Samoa

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Depth: 58 km

Distances: 514 km SW of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands / pop: 48,220 / local time: 20:49:56.4 2014-07-22
293 km SW of Merizo Village, Guam / pop: 1,850 / local time: 20:49:56.4 2014-07-22

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Depth: 23 km

Distances: 98 km E of Cairo, Egypt / pop: 7,734,614 / local time: 15:20:00.9 2014-07-22
26 km W of Suez, Egypt / pop: 488,125 / local time: 15:20:00.9 2014-07-22

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 298 km S of Amman, Jordan / pop: 1,275,857 / local time: 09:46:10.8 2014-07-22
22 km W of Aqaba, Jordan / pop: 95,048 / local time: 09:46:10.8 2014-07-22
19 km SW of Eilat, Israel / pop: 45,588 / local time: 09:46:10.8 2014-07-22

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Massive Waterspout strikes Taiwan; residents are shocked & amazed

Via ettoday
People in Pingtung, a county in southern Taiwan near Kaohsiung, were shocked as a rare 50-story tall waterspout swept across the riverbank yesterday afternoon. It lasted for around 20 minutes in Ligang District, 10-15 km north of the city centre of Pingtung. Authorities said roofs of more than ten houses were ripped off. The waterspout also displaced a 40-feet container by at least 10 meters. Trees were uprooted and power lines were downed. Fortunately no one was injured in this incident.
Via Appledaily
Waterspouts and tornadoes are formed when the air is unstable with high-level wind shear. On average, 1-2 tornadoes are reported annually in Taiwan. Waterspouts are rare.
Meanwhile, Typhoon Matmo is forecast to impact the country on Tuesday and Wednesday. “Land Typhoon Warning” may be issued on Tuesday. When that occurs the threat for Tornadoes will once again be in place as is often the case with landfalling Typhoons.
Affected region in Pingtung, Taiwan
Affected region in Pingtung, Taiwan

Over 5.5 million people affected by largest typhoon to hit China in 40 years


The Red Cross Society of China deployed emergency teams and mobilised relief supplies to help communities battered by Super Typhoon Rammasun, described as the severest storm to hit the country in more than 40 years.

“We have to start supporting the affected communities to recover and reconstruct their homes now, although our own premises are also in a mess; the roof and windows were broken by strong winds. The water and electricity has been cut off in most places. Houses collapsed; uprooted trees are lying on the street and need to be cleared, “ said Xiao Dan, spokesperson for the Red Cross branch in Hainan Province.

17 dead and millions affected

Chinese authorities said at least 17 people died and more than 5.57 million people are affected by the typhoon, which swept across the tropical island province of Hainan and brought torrential rains and violent winds as it crossed over to Guangdong and Guangxi provinces on the mainland. In the worst-affected province, Hainan, officials said more than 51,000 houses were destroyed.

“The tide rose much faster than we expected. After only half an hour, the water was up to one meter high and the whole island was overwhelmed,” a local resident, Chen Yijun, in Beigang, at the northern end of Hainan Island told Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

As the storm system swept towards southern China from the Philippines, where it left more than 90 people dead, the Red Cross Society’s branches in Hainan and Guangxi activated their highest-level emergency procedures and deployed three Emergency Response Teams.

In order to support the population in the worst-hit provinces, the society mobilised nearly 5,000 family kits containing household items, thousands of quilts and jackets and more than 200 tents, as well as CNY 200,000/CHF29,000 worth of rice to help provide food for people displaced by the typhoon.

Red Cross relief teams

Red Cross emergency water rescue and relief teams worked alongside local authorities to reach cut off communities and as the storm receded, provincial branches immediately deployed assessment and coordination teams to the most affected areas.

As communities in the areas worst-affected by Rammasun began the lengthy clearing up operation, meteorologists warned that another storm system, Matmo, could be heading towards Taiwan and southeastern areas of Mainland China by around Wednesday 23rd July.

Southern parts of China and neighbouring southeast Asian countries are often hit by as many as 20 typhoons in the course of the summer and autumn months.

But climate researchers are concerned that warming oceans, due to the effect of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, could be playing a part in strengthening the impact of tropical storms.


Subject To Change

Depth: 6 km

Distances: 404 km N of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,792,621 / local time: 23:58:22.7 2014-07-21
185 km SE of Carson City, United States / pop: 55,274 / local time: 23:58:22.7 2014-07-21
98 km S of Hawthorne, United States / pop: 3,269 / local time: 23:58:22.7 2014-07-21
10 km E of Mammoth Lakes, United States / pop: 8,234 / local time: 23:58:22.7 2014-07-21

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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 134 km E of Cairo, Egypt / pop: 7,734,614 / local time: 05:03:44.1 2014-07-22
19 km SE of Suez, Egypt / pop: 488,125 / local time: 05:03:44.1 2014-07-22

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