Volcano Eruptions and Super Typhoons
Take a look at the image above to see current hazards worldwide, then take a closer look below at some recent hazard events in the Asia-Pacific region.
Indonesia experienced volcanic activity this week in the Karo district of northern Sumatra with the eruption of Mount Sinabung. Earlier this week, just over 15,000 people were evacuated as smoke flew two miles into the sky and many still haven’t returned to their homes. (ReliefWeb) After remaining quiet since the last eruption in 2010, Mount Sinabung continues to erupt, just recently spewing ash 500 meters. (ECHO, GVP). Take a look at the image above and you will see that Mount Sinabung is just one of many volcanos located across Sumatra.
Next we go to the western Pacific where the region braces for the arrival of Super Typhoon Usagi.
Super Typhoon Usagi
Super Typhoon Usagi reached super status just three days after formation, becoming a Category 4 by achieving maximum sustained wind speeds greater than 150 mph. Usagi is forecast to continue on its westerly track and is expected to make landfall near Hong Kong on September 22. (JWTC) The image above shows estimated wind impacts, purple indicates that Usagi has the potential to cause catastrophic damage in the region.
If you are beginning to feel the effects of Usagi or other weather hazards be sure to visit PDC’s family disaster plan webpage to gain more information on how to prepare your family for severe weather and disaster, also take some time to learn how to put together your own disaster supply kit.
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: Haiti, India (Bihar), United States (Central)
Fire: Canada (British Colombia)
Flood: Africa (Gulf of Guinea), Central Africa Republic (Bangui), Romania (East), Russia, (Amur), United States (Colorado, Nebraska)
Severe Weather: Malaysia
Tropical Storm: Manuel (East Pacific), Usagi (West Pacific)
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