Gerard Zwaan's Blog – December 2012 Archive (2)

Typhoon Bopha path

Pablo' (international name Bopha), a supertyphoon that recently hit the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, is rated as a Category 5 supertyphoon according to US experts with maximum sustained winds of 140 knots (259 kilometers per hour) and gusts reaching 170 knots (314kph). What's interesting is that 'Pablo' formed so close to the equator at 3.6°N latitude. Tropical depressions very rarely form near the equator because the coriolis effect is…
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Added by Gerard Zwaan on December 7, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Japan earthquake tsunami warning issued

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield Hayes said he felt his building shake "violently"

A tsunami warning has been issued after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's eastern coast.

The epicentre of the quake was about 245km (150 miles) south-east of Kamiashi at a depth of about 36km, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake was felt in the capital Tokyo and a one-metre tsunami is reported to have…

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Added by Gerard Zwaan on December 7, 2012 at 10:58am — 2 Comments

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