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MAGNITUDE 5.4 TAIWAN REGION

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Depth: 99 km

Distances: 213 km SE of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Province of China / pop: 1,520,000 / local time: 09:57:22.3 2017-04-30
137 km SE of Hengchun, Taiwan, Province of China / pop: 31,300 / local time: 09:57:22.3 2017-04-30
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1 MILLION+ birds killed since January, due to bird flu in Taiwan

A poultry farm in Liujiao Township of Chiayi County, southern Taiwan, was confirmed Monday to be infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 13,349 birds, the county’s Livestock Disease Control Office said.
 
This was the third poultry farm hit by avian influenza subtype H5 in the southern Taiwanese county so far this year, according to data released by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture (COA).
 
As of 6 p.m. Monday, a total of 1,009,068 birds have been destroyed at 110 poultry farms infected with highly pathogenic avian flu viruses across Taiwan since the beginning of this year.
 
The infected poultry farms were located in Taoyuan City in northern Taiwan; Changhua and Yunlin counties in central Taiwan; Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung county and cities in the south; and Yilan and Hualien counties in the east, COA data shows.
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Thousands of dead fish found in a canal in Tainan, Taiwan

Thousands of dead fish found in a canal in Tainan, Taiwan
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Almost 3000 evacuated from Taiwan islands as typhoon approaches

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Almost 3,000 people, most of them tourists, were evacuated from outlying islands off Taiwan on Sunday as Typhoon Dujuan gathered strength as it neared, looking set to bring heavy rains and high tides.
 
Typhoon Dujuan, packing maximum winds of up to 209 kilometres (130 miles) per hour, was 560 kilometres southeast of Hualien county at 2:30 pm (0630 GMT), and lay around 350 kilometres from the Japanese island of Ishigaki.
 
“It’s at the upper limit of a moderate storm, and we do not rule out that it gets stronger,” a spokesman from Taiwan’s weather bureau told AFP.
 
Ferry operators increased trips to move people from Green Island and Orchid Island, popular with tourists, and services will be suspended later Sunday.
 
A total of nearly 3,000 people were being evacuated from the two islands, the local tourism bureau said.
 
The storm threatens long-weekend plans for many as Taiwan celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival, when families typically gather and moon-gaze.
 
Dujuan is set to hit Ishigaki at around midday on Monday, and make landfall in Taiwan later the same evening. The storm is on course to hit mainland China from Tuesday after moving through Taiwan.
 
Japan’s meteorological agency has warned it could trigger waves 13 metres (42 feet) high when it strikes the country.
 
So far there have been no reports of damage or injuries in connection with the typhoon, but “winds are getting stronger now”, an Ishigaki official told AFP by phone.
 
At least three flights were cancelled, Japanese news reports and airline officials said, and the country’s meteorological agency warned of possible landslides, high waves and heavy rain.
Courtesy of 9news.com.au

Goni forecast to become super typhoon as it spins west toward Taiwan

Typhoon Goni (left) and Typhoon Atsani (right) are forecast to reach super typhoon-status at the same time on Thursday. (JMA)
Twin typhoons are spinning west across the Pacific Ocean — Goni and Atsani — poised to become the sixth and seventh super typhoons of the 2015 season later this week.
 
The last time there were two super typhoons in the Pacific at the same time was in October 1997, when Super Typhoons Ivan and Joan overlapped. Not coincidentally, 1997 was also the strongest El Niño on record, with sea surface temperatures running far above average across the tropical Pacific Ocean. At the very least, this year’s El Niño could at least rival 1997’s intensity.
 
Typhoon Goni has been slowly tracking northwest through the Pacific Ocean since Thursday when it formed as a tropical depression. Since then it tracked through the Northern Mariana islands, missing Guam to the south and Saipan to the north. Anderson Air Force Base in Guam recorded wind gusts up to 58 mph, and just over 5 inches of rain. Flash flood warnings were in effect for the island on Sunday.
 
Just after it cleared the Marianas, Typhoon Goni exploded from the equivalent of a category 1 with 90 mph winds to a category 4 with 135 mph winds in just six hours. Now the powerful typhoon has set its gaze on Taiwan, with the potential to impact the island — if not make direct landfall — later this week.
 
On Monday morning, Typhoon Goni appeared to be going through an eyewall replacement cycle which would suggest a period of rapid intensification within the next 24 hours or so. But the models disagree on Goni’s future intensity and its track, making it a difficult storm to forecast.
The high-resolution HWRF hurricane model intensifies Typhoon Goni to an astonishingly low 894 millibars — a strong super typhoon — as it approaches Taiwan. The GFS model, on the other hand, keeps Goni much weaker as the storm takes a hard turn to the north before a direct landfall on Taiwan. For the most part, the European model agrees with a track that would avoid Taiwan, but it’s forecasting a stronger intensity for Goni as it passes to the east of the island.
(Joint Typhoon Warning Center)
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center is forecasting Goni to continue west over the next few days and strengthening into the year’s sixth super typhoon on Thursday, just 300 miles southwest of Taiwan. The forecast curves north from there, possibly avoiding landfall in Taiwan, though it’s still very uncertain at this point.
 
Even in a non-landfall case, the rainfall on Taiwan would be torrential and possibly catastrophic, especially in the areas that are still recuperating from the effects of Typhoon Soudelor, which made landfall in Taiwan about one week ago on Aug. 7. Soudelor dropped an unbelievable 52 inches of rain on the northeast part of Taiwan in Yilan County, where wind gusts also exceeded 100 mph. On the western side of Taiwan, Soudelor spawned at least one tornado that was captured on a motorists dashcam.
 
To the east, Typhoon Atsani is also gaining strength as it tracks northwest. On Monday morning, Atsani was the equivalent of a category 2, forecast to intensify to super typhoon-status with winds of 150 mph at the same time as its twin typhoon Goni. Models are forecasting Atsani to continue northwest toward Japan through next week, though where or if it will make landfall is still uncertain.
Courtesy of washingtonpost.com

Typhoon Soudelor threatens China after leaving 6 dead and 4 missing in Taiwan

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A man passes a damaged structure from Typhoon Soudelor in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Soudelor brought heavy rains and strong winds to the island Saturday with winds speeds over 170 km per hour (100 mph) and gusts over 200 km per hour (120 mph) according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Typhoon Soudelor barreled toward mainland China on Saturday after downing trees, traffic lights and power lines in Taiwan, where at least six people were killed, four left missing and dozens injured.
 
A total of 101 people were hurt in Taiwan and more than 3 million households lost electricity as the powerful storm left streets strewn with fallen trees. All 279 domestic flights were canceled Saturday, as well as at least 37 international flights.
 
An 8-year-old girl and her mother died when they were swept out to sea Thursday from a beach on the east coast, the official Central News Agency reported. The girl’s twin sister remains missing.
 
Other casualties included a firefighter who was killed and another injured after being hit by a drunken driver as they attempted to move a fallen tree in the island’s south.
 
The center of the storm made landfall in eastern Taiwan at 4:40 a.m. Saturday. By mid-morning, Soudelor was packing maximum sustained winds of 162 kilometers (100 miles) per hour, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said.
 
The typhoon weakened later Saturday with top winds of up to 144 kph (89 mph) while moving away from the island in a northwesterly direction.
 
Strong winds and heavy rains were still expected to continue in Taiwan.
 
Authorities in southeast China ordered the evacuation of more than 163,000 people and ships back to port ahead of the typhoon, which was expected to hit Fujian province on Saturday night. More than 7,000 soldiers and police were on standby, provincial authorities said.
 
On Friday afternoon, marine police rescued 55 university students and teachers trapped on a small island where they had been attending a summer camp, after strong gales stopped ferry services, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Courtesy of usnews.com

Warning: Three major storms are hitting south east Asia at the same time

Typhoon Chan-Hom

Any time you think the British weather is bad, be thankful you don’t live in Asia.
 
South of Taiwan on the left of the graphic is tropical storm Linfa, with Typhoon Chan-hom east of China in the middle. And to the right of that is Typhoon Nankga, east of Guam.
 
Typhoon Chan-hom has produced up to 12 inches of rain in Guam over the weekend, and is moving west towards the Japanese Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan and then eastern China this week, Accu Weather reports.
 
With winds of up to 80mph, Nankga was originally a tropical storm that was upgraded to a typhoon.
 
It is expected to pass over the Northern Marianas islands, near Guam and east of the Philippines later this week.
 
And Linfa has already been causing problems in the Philippines, with all shipping ordered to remain in harbour and some flights were cancelled in the north.
 
Schools were closed in the capital, Manila on Monday due to flooding and landslides from the tropical storm, disaster officials said.
 
Storm warnings were issued in at least 14 areas of the main Philippine island of Luzon as Linfa moved slowly across the north of the Southeast Asian archipelago. It was carrying maximum wind gusts of 60 mph.
 
Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the storm would bring heavy rain within a 250 miles radius.
 
“We are grounding all sea travel and fishing operations in the north because we expect sea waves to go as high as 13 feet, Pama said.
 
“We don’t want any lose of life or any accidents,” he said.
 
Army units had been placed on standby to evacuate people to temporary shelters if needed, Pama said.
 
The government was expecting some crop damage in rice-producing areas in northern Luzon.
 
Linfa made landfall in the north of the island on Saturday and was about 85 miles southwest of Laoag City in Luzon’s far north on Monday. An average of 20 typhoons pass through the Philippines every year.
 
Haiyan, the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall in the Philippines, killed more than 6,300 people and left 1,000 missing in 2013.
Courtesy of mirror.co.uk

MAGNITUDE 4.8 TAIWAN REGION

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Depth: 33 km

Distances: 143 km SE of Taipei, Taiwan / pop: 7,871,900 / local time: 14:15:31.8 2015-06-21
84 km E of Hualian, Taiwan / pop: 350,468 / local time: 14:15:31.8 2015-06-21
74 km SW of Yonakuni, Japan / pop: 1,684 / local time: 15:15:31.8 2015-06-21


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7,600 Geese dead due to avian flu in Taiwan, China

Bird Flu

More than 7,600 geese have been affected in the two latest outbreaks of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Taiwan.
 
Two new outbreaks of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza are included in the latest Follow Up Report – no.15 dated 2 April – from Taiwan’s veterinary authority to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
 
Abnormal mortality was observed at two poultry farms with geese located in the counties of Changhua and Yunlin. Samples were sent to the National Laboratory (AHRI) for diagnosis, where the H5N2 subtype of the HPAI virus was confirmed.
 
The outbreaks began on 23 and 24 March. A total of 7,660 geese were affected; 2,226 died and the rest have been destroyed.
 
The farms have been put under movement restrictions. All animals on the infected farms have been culled. Thorough cleaning and disinfection have been conducted after stamping out operation. Surrounding poultry farms within a three-kilometre radius have been put under intensified surveillance for three months.
Courtesy of thepoultrysite.com

MAGNITUDE 5.2 TAIWAN REGION

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Depth: 40 km

Distances: 160 km SE of Taipei, Taiwan / pop: 7,871,900 / local time: 04:01:38.7 2015-04-26
110 km E of Hualian, Taiwan / pop: 350,468 / local time: 04:01:38.7 2015-04-26
56 km SW of Yonakuni, Japan / pop: 1,684 / local time: 05:01:38.7 2015-04-26


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