Earthquakes and Typhoons in Asia
Typhoons in Asia
Asia was affected by three different tropical cyclones last week. In India Typhoon Phailin (located on the far left of the image above) made landfall on October 12. In preparation for its arrival, an estimated 600,000 people were evacuated from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Parts of India remain affected by flooding. (ECHO – 10/14/2013) Not far behind Phailin, Typhoon Nari made landfall in Vietnam on October 14. Due to the effects of Nari, three people were reported killed, 49 injured, and more than 12,000 houses damaged and over 300 destroyed. (ECHO – 10/16/2013). The region was then impacted by Typhoon Wipha, which passed near the southeast tip of Japan on October 15. Wipha caused flooding, damage and 16 deaths on Oshima island. (ECDM)
Tropical Cyclones weren’t the only disasters affecting Asia last week. Take a look below to learn about recent earthquake activity in the Philippines.
Earthquake Hits the Philippines
A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Province of Bohol in the Philippines on Tuesday morning, October 15, local time. Approximately 3.4 million people were affected and 171 people killed. Many feared returning home as 1,581 aftershocks continued to affect the region. Strong shaking triggered landslides that destroyed entire homes, bridges, and historic churches. (NDRRMC) Luckily, many public buildings that were structurally unsafe were empty due to a religious holiday in the country (ReliefWeb).
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: Gulf of Guinea, Haiti, United States
Earthquakes: Papua New Guinea (6.8), Philippines (7.2)
Fire: Australia (New South Wales)
Flood: Colombia (Putumayo), France (northeast), Haiti, India (southeast), Russia (Amur Region), Somalia (central), South Sudan, Thailand, United States (South Dakota, southern Texas)
High Wind: Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Severe Weather: Australia (New South Wales), Greece
Tropical Storm: Francisco (West Pacific)
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