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Typhoon Wutip (20W)

16.6N 107.9E

September 30th, 2013 Category: Tropical Cyclones AVHRRMetop

Typhoon Wutip (20W) – September 30th, 2013

At least 70 people have been reported missing after a typhoon caused three fishing boats to sink in the South China Sea, Chinese state media say.
Five boats carrying more than 150 people encountered strong winds from Typhoon Wutip on Sunday, Xinhua news agency says citing maritime officials.
A rescue operation is under way and reports say 14 people have been found.
The storm is expected to make landfall in central Vietnam on Monday and thousands have been evacuated there.

Area of Convection Near Vietnam

7.0N 104.2E

December 30th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Area of Convection – December 27th, 2012

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Track of Area of Convection - December 27th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Area of Convection

An area of convection that formed in the South China Sea in late December can be seen here near the coast of Vietnam. The animated imagery shows the system is moving southwestward towards the Malay Peninsula. The area of convection is being monitored for possible development into a tropical cyclone.

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.

Topography of Natuna Besar, Indonesia

3.9N 108.1E

March 7th, 2012 Category: Snapshots

Indonesia - January 4th, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows some of the 272 islands of the Natuna Islands archipelago, located in the Natuna Sea (a section of the South China Sea) in the larger Tudjuh Archipelago, off the northwest coast of Borneo. The islands are administratively part of the Riau Islands province of Indonesia.

The Natuna islands are divided into three groups: North Natuna, which includes Laut Island (Pulau Laut); Middle Natuna, which includes Natuna Besar; and South Natuna, which includes Subi Besar.  This image focuses on Natuna Besar (or Great Natuna), the main island of the Natuna Besar Archipelago, as well as the Natuna Islands. The area of Natuna Besar is 1720 km².

Hainan Island and Province in South China Sea

19.0N 109.5E

February 13th, 2012 Category: Mountains

China - February 8th, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows Hainan, the smallest province of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The name “Hainan” also refers to Hainan Island, the main island of the province. Hainan is located in the South China Sea, separated from Guangdong’s Leizhou Peninsula to the north by the shallow and narrow Qiongzhou Strait.

The province has an area of 33,920 square kilometres (13,100 sq mi) and is China’s southernmost province. Although it comprises some two hundred islands scattered among three archipelagos off the southern coast, 32,900 square kilometres (12,700 sq mi) (97%) of its land mass is Hainan Island, from which the province takes its name. There are a total of eight major cities and ten counties in Hainan Province. Haikou on the northern coast of Hainan Island is the capital. Wuzhi Mountain is the highest peak in Hainan, towering 1,840 m above the center of the island.