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Hundreds Dead and Missing in Philippines Due to Typhoon Bopha (26W)

12.7N 116.2E

December 10th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Typhoon Bopha (26W) – December 8th, 2012

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Typhoon Bopha (26W) - December 8th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TY 26W

This image shows Typhoon Bopha (TY 26W) as it passed over the Philippines and weakened to a Tropical Depression. On the day this image was captured, nearly 600 fatalities had been confirmed, and hundreds were still missing as the storm made a U-turn and threatened the country’s northwest.

The following day, Bopha weakened into a Low Pressure Area as it passed over the northern part of the Philippines. The tail end of a cold front contributed to the dissipation of the storm. Currently, 548 people are confirmed dead and 827 are missing.

Bopha (26W) Over South China Sea

11.8N 116.2E

December 9th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Typhoon Bopha (26W) – December 8th, 2012

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Typhoon Bopha (26W) - December 8th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TY 26W

Typhoon Bopha (TY 26W) was a tropical cyclone which formed unusually close to the equator.

Bopha is the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, making landfall as a Category 5 super typhoon with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h).

Bopha is also the second-most southerly Category 5 super typhoon, reaching a minimum latitude of 7.4°N on December 3. Only Typhoon Louise of 1964 came closer to the equator, reaching 7.3°N.

After first hitting Palau, where it destroyed houses,disrupted communications and caused power outages, flooding and uprooted trees, Bopha made landfall late on December 3 over Mindanao, an island that had been devastated by Washi in December 2011. The storm caused widespread destruction on Mindanao, leaving thousands homeless and more than 500 fatalities.

After hitting Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley provinces, Typhoon Bopha crossed the southern Mindanao and central regions, cutting power to two provinces and triggering landslides. More than 170,000 fled to evacuation centres. The typhoon has since moved to the South China Sea west of the Palawan island province; government meteorologists predict the typhoon’s future path could be across Vietnam or southern China.

Typhoon Bopha (26W) Passes Over Philippines – December 5th, 2012

14.2N 121.0E

December 5th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Typhoon Bopha (26W) – December 3rd, 2012

Typhoon Bopha (26W) - December 4th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TY 26W

Typhoon Bopha (TY 26W) is a powerful late-season tropical cyclone which formed unusually close to the equator. It is currently located approximately 175 nautical miles north-northwest of Zamboanga, Philippines. At the time this image was captured, however, the storm was still situated by the southeast side of the archipelago.

The system has since passed over the southern part of the Philippines, tracked west-northwestward at 16 knots over the last six hours. After affecting Palau, Bopha made landfall over Mindanao late on December 3, an island devastated by Washi in December 2011, becoming the strongest tropical cyclone ever to hit Mindanao in the past 2 decades. Maximum significant wave height is 29 feet.

Volcanoes on Mindanao Island Near Lake Lanao, Philippines

7.8N 124.2E

November 2nd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

Philippines - August 27th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows part of Mindanao Island in the Philippines. The large, dark area towards the center is Lake Lanao. With a surface area of 340 km² (131 square miles), it is the largest lake on Mindanao, and the second largest lake in the Philippines.

A cluster of volcanic peaks can be observed to the southeast of the lake. These include Mount Ragang and the Latukan volcano. The former is a stratovolcano and the seventh highest mountain in the Philippines (due south of the lake, on the western end of the cluster of peaks).

Latukan volcano, on the other hand, is a potentially active stratovolcano in the centre of a chain of young East-to-West trending stratovolcanoes in NW Mindanao.

Rugged Terrain of Mount Malindang, Philippines

8.2N 123.6E

June 24th, 2010 Category: Volcanoes

Philippines - June 2nd, 2010

Philippines - June 2nd, 2010

Mount Malindang is visible on the right side of this orthorectified image of the island of Mindanao, Philippines. It is a mountain range rising from 600 meters to 2,404 meters above the mean sea level. The entire mountain range covers 53,262 hectares and is dissected by several canyons, gores and ravines, making its terrain very rugged.

The range covers 53,262 hectares of which about 33,000 hectares is still covered with forest vegetation while more than 20,000 hectares is cultivated and inhabited by forest occupants mostly members of the Subanen Tribe.

The mountain range was believed to be formed through series of volcanic activities within the historical times but was not well documented. Several indicators of such activities are found in the site, including a large crater lake, Lake Duminagat, and two big sunken areas surrounded by high rock walls, cinder cones, dome volcanic plugs, amphitheater structures, extensive distribution of volcanic rocks, carbonized wood found in pyroclastic deposits and two sulfuric hot springs.