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Air Pollution in Northeastern China – January 20th, 2013

39.9N 116.4E

January 20th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Clouds, Image of the day

China – January 10th, 2013

A dense haze would hit many provinces in China, including Hebei, Shandong, Zhejiang, Hubei and Sichuan, reducing visibility to less than 1,000 meters. In some areas, a blanket of snow can be seen through the haze.

The haze is likely caused by a combination of fog, smoke and pollutants. China’s economy has skyrocketed, but at a price. Power plants, factories and heavy industries are all belching out black, dirty air, at the cost of our health and our environment. Millions of people in China and Hong Kong are breathing a hazardous cocktail of chemicals every day. These chemicals are caused by coal-fired power plants, factories and vehicles, and are responsible for heart disease, stroke, respiratory illnesses, birth defects and cancer. According to the World Health Organization, in China more than 650,000 people die each year from diseases related to air pollution.

Coast of Zhejiang Province, China

28.8N 121.1E

September 16th, 2009 Category: Rivers

China - July 2nd, 2009

China - July 2nd, 2009

Zhejiang is an eastern coastal province of the People’s Republic of China. Inland, Zhejiang consists mostly of hills, which account for about 70% of its total area. Valleys and plains are found along the coastline and rivers.

The coastline is ragged and has many bays. The three large bays visible here are Taizhou Bay, Aiwan Bay and Yueqing Bay (from top to bottom). In the fullsize orthorectified image, ships can be seen navegating the bays and rivers, and several bridges can be observed as well.

There are also over three thousand islands along the coast, in the East China Sea.To the east is the East China Sea, beyond which lie the Ryukyu Islands of Japan (upper right quadrant).

Sanmen Gulf in Taizhou China

August 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

China - July 2nd, 2009

China - July 2nd, 2009

The sizeable Sanwen Bay, on the east coast of China’s Zhejiang Province, is shared by the cities of Taizhou (below) and Ningbo  (above). Inland, the terrain appears quite hilly and mountainous; in fact, the province’s terrain is 70% hills.

Flatter plains flank the bay, and agricultural areas can be seen near the shoreline and on some islands. Ships move in and out of the bay and the rivers and canals connected to it.

This image has been orthorectified. Please click here to find out more.

Tropical Storm Morakot Hits Eastern China

24.0N 121.0E

August 9th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Typhoon Morakot - August 9th, 2009

Typhoon Morakot - August 9th, 2009

Enhanced image

Enhanced image

Track of typhoon Morakot - August 9th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of typhoon Morakot

Tropical Storm Morakot hit eastern China after killing three and pouring a record 8 feet of rain onto parts of Taiwan, as mainland authorities evacuated nearly 1 million people, shut airports and harbored ships to avoid losses.

The typhoon made landfall about 4:20 p.m. local time at Xiapu County of southern China’s Fujian province, packing winds up to 119 kilometers (74 miles) an hour, Xinhua News Agency said, citing the provincial meteorological bureau. China suffered its first death from the storm when a home collapsed in Wenzhou of neighboring Zhejiang province this morning, killing a child.

Hotel collapsed in Taitung country

Hotel collapsed in Taitung country

Torrential rains ahead of the eighth typhoon of the year lashed coastal regions of the mainland starting yesterday morning, with as much as 300 millimeters (12 inches) recorded in some places, Xinhua said. More than 35,000 ships have been recalled to port in Zhejiang and a number of expressways in the province closed, according to the report.

In Wenzhou, more than 560,000 people were affected by the storm that destroyed more than 300 homes and forced the closures of 56 roads, Xinhua said. More than 50 flights were canceled or delayed at the Changle Airport in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian.

Officials in some Zhejiang villages distributed food and water to residents stranded by floodwaters, Xinhua said.

Three people in Taiwan are dead and 31 are missing in the wake of downpours that dumped 2,459 millimeters (97 inches) of rain on the island’s southern Pingtung County, the National Fire Agency said on its Web site.

In Taitung country, an hotel collapsed and plunged into a river after floodwaters eroded its base, but all 300 people inside were evacuated and uninjured, officials said.

Super Typhoon Jangmi (19W) approaching Taiwan

September 28th, 2008 Category: Tropical Cyclones

September 28th, 2008 - Super Typhoon Jangmi approaching TaiwanJangmi

September 28th, 2008 - Super Typhoon Jangmi approaching Taiwan

Jangmi - Image Enhanced

Jangmi - Image Enhanced

Super Typhoon Jangmi churned toward Taiwan on Sunday, with winds of up to 227 kph and dumping torrential rains as it forced flight and work cancellations ahead of its expected landfall later in the day. Typhoon Jangmi, the season’s most powerful storm so far, was located 200 km southeast of the eastern Taiwan city of Hualien and moving northwest at 29 kph, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.

Tropical Storm Risk showed the storm weakening after passing over Taiwan, but still moving in a northwest direction to make a second landfall in China. The storm’s approach prompted the CWB to issue sea and land warnings for the east coast of Taiwan. Some domestic and international flights were also cancelled, though many were still flying on Sunday morning.

The government also warned of the danger of mudslides, and television showed pictures of rough seas along the coast. Ahead of its arrival, the storm, the biggest so far of the season for Taiwan, was already bringing heavy rains to the north and east of the island, dropping more than 300 mm of rain in places and expected to eventually dump up to a metre in some mountainous areas.

China’s official Xinhua news agency said the fast-moving storm was expected to make landfall in south China’s Fujian province on Monday, bringing torrential rains to Fujian and neighbouring Zhejiang province.

JTWC Warning #18

JTWC Warning #18

It said local authorities called vessels to harbour and issued warnings of possible floods and landslides, and that navigation was suspended across the Taiwan Strait. In Zhejiang city of Wenzhou, about 110 tourists were stranded at a small island, Xinhua said.

Jangmi is the second major storm to strike Taiwan in the last two weeks, following the passage of slow-moving typhoon Sinlaku which drenched the island and killed 12 people earlier this month.

Typhoons regularly hit China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan from August until the end of the year, gathering strength from the warm waters of the Pacific of South China Sea before weakening over land.

source Reuters

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