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Typhoon Muifa (11W) Moves Towards Shanghai, China – August 5th, 2011

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August 5th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Typhoon Muifa (TY 11W) – August 5th, 2011

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Track of TY 11W - August 5th, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TY 11W

Typhoon Muifa (TY 11W), is currently located approximately 55 nautical miles west-southwest of Kadena air base, Japan. The system has tracked northwestward at 05 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 36 feet.

China warned residents and alerted emergency relief centers Friday to prepare for a powerful typhoon that was heading toward its heavily populated eastern coast. Typhoon Muifa is forecast to hit China late Saturday or early Sunday close to Shanghai, a commercial hub with a population of 23 million. Zhejiang’s flood headquarters told authorities in coastal areas to prepare for evacuations.

Hong Kong – December 8th, 2008

December 8th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Hong Kong, China - November 11th, 2008

Hong Kong, China - November 11th, 2008

In this image we can see part of the Pearl River Delta, on China’s southern coast. There is a slight algal bloom along the shoreline, as well as some interesting cloud patterns coming from an area of convection further south in the South China Sea.

We can also see Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou. Guangzhou can be seen as the large area with little vegetation on the center left, while Hong Kong is a nearby island and Macau a peninsula.

Hong Kong is a territory that borders Guangdong province in the north and faces the South China Sea in the east, west and south. It has a population of 6.9 million people, and is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Beginning as a trading port, Hong Kong became a dependent territory of the United Kingdom in 1842, and remained so until the transfer of its sovereignty to the People’s Republic of China in 1997. Along with Macau, Hong Kong is one of two special administrative regions and is not considered as part of mainland China.

The territory’s 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) land area consists primarily of Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories as well as some 260 other islands.

As much of Hong Kong’s terrain is hilly to mountainous with steep slopes, less than only 25% of the territory’s landmass is developed, and about 40% of the remaining land area is reserved as country parks and nature reserves.
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