Forecasting The What If?

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No one wants think about natural disasters destroying life as we know it. Life on Earth is awesome – our planet is filled with so much beauty, magnificence, and miracles.

Most of us choose to think about natural disasters later. The majority of us believe that major Earth events won’t happen in our lifetime, but too few have considered what our children or grandchildren may go through.

Forecasting The End

Here is the link to The Weather Channel’s short clips from their evening series, Forecasting The Future. This is an excellent Cliff’s Note education about what can happen to our planet.

Tips To Shift With Major Events

You can begin NOW making the much needed changes that can save you, your family, and your future loved ones from fear and discomfort.

  1. Get involved with local politics and secure that your community leaders are on their game concerning environmental and future development;
  2. Good local government bleeds into better state governments, which moves up the ladder into federal government;
  3. Spend your money supporting local farmers, shops and venders;
  4. Install alternative energy in your schools, homes, and businesses, and get off the global oil and gas grid;
  5. Bank with credit unions, local and small banks;
  6. Keep cash and small change on hand;
  7. Relocate from coastal areas, and encourage local governments to stop developing along rising shorelines;
  8. Keep stored water and dry foods/dry goods for two weeks of an emergency supply per household for both you and your pets.

Earth changes are nothing to be scared of – they are something to understand better so you can be more prepared.

Prepare for the inevitable, now and for the future, and go back to enjoying a wonderful life on this magnificent planet.

 

The Earth in space

Our Earth is a magnificent planet – enjoy it.

 

Can The Philippines Recover From Non-Stop Natural Disasters?

Super Typhoon from NOAA the Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan devastates the Philippines – NOAA

Never before in human history have we seen so many natural disasters hit one area – over and over again.

Many islands in the Philippines are in total ruin, and hundreds of thousands of people have been devastated by continuous natural disasters.

7,000 Islands

Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire close to the equator makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons.

And don’t forget to throw in a volcano or two.

The Philippines is actually an archipelago of 7,107 islands that are within three main geographic divisions:

  1. Luzon
  2. Visayas
  3. Mindanao.

With a population of more than 98 million people, the Philippines is the seventh-most populated country in Asia.

Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) is the strongest recorded tropical cyclone to ever make landfall, with wind speeds up to 315 km/h (195 mph).

On November 4, 2013, the tropical storm began to intensify to typhoon levels. By November 6, the typhoon had magnified into a super typhoon equal to a Category 5- hurricane as it passed over the island of Kayangel.

Haiyan continued to intensify as it made landfall. Gradually weakening, the storm made five more landfalls before reaching the South China Sea. Over 720,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes.

Typhoon Haiyan leveled Samar Island and Leyte, where at least 10,000 people in the city of Tacloban alone are reported dead. Turning northwest, Haiyan struck northern Vietnam as a severe tropical storm on November 10.

Next Is Typhoon Zoraida

The world will be closely watching the next typhoon, Zoraida, that appears to be going on the same track as Haiyan. Still a Tropical Depression, Zoraida is the 25th cyclone to enter the Philippine archipelago this year. It made landfall in Cagayan, Davao Oriental Tuesday morning, November 11, 2013.

Several areas within the Philippines have been placed under Public Storm Warning Signal Number 1.  Zoraida is packing maximum winds of 55 kp/h (34 mph). This cyclone is not as powerful as Haiyan by any stretch, but high waves and flooding will impact an already saturated region.

Earthquakes

A seismogram reading showing an increase in earthquake activity today.

The Philippines is experiencing large earthquake activity today.

Typhoon Haiyan exacerbated the damage on Bohol Island from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that killed 222 people merely three weeks earlier.

Over 270,000 people are displaced and homeless from the October 15 quake.

On November 3, 2013, a 6.0 magnitude quake struck SSW of Palimbang, Philippines.

And, then came Haiyan.

A picture of Mount Mayon Volcano in the province of Bicol, Philippines.

Mount Mayon Volcano in the province of Bicol, Philippines.

Volcanoes

Today, volcanic eruptions are increasing worldwide, and the Philippines is no exception.

Located on the Pacific Rim’s Ring of Fire, the Philippines sits on top of the world’s most active volcanic zones.

It is hard to label a volcano as “active” or “inactive” these days as earthquake and volcanic activity increases. There are 23 – 25 volcanoes within the Philippine archipelago, however, that are presently showing signs of volcanic activity.

Tsunamis

There have been no tsunamis to date, although several local tsunami warnings have been posted after large earthquakes have rattled this region in 2013.  Let’s hope for the best on this one.

The Philippines has had its share of natural disasters in 2013.

Enough, right?

 

 

Cyclones Hitting Earthquake Areas

The powerful tidal wave in China.

Powerful storms are coming ashore in India and the Philippines.

India and the countries along the Indian Ocean have had their fair share of natural disasters from earthquakes and tsunamis, and the Philippines have had every natural disaster hit their island from volcanoes, earthquakes, and violent storms.

Today, violent cyclones (aka hurricanes) are coming onshore in both of these countries.

Typhoons, Cyclones, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

A map of the Bay of Bengal

Tropical cyclone Phailin formed in the enclosed Bay of Bengal

Tropical cyclone Phailin has whipped up hurricane force winds equal to a CAT 4-5 hurricane. Forming within the enclosed Bay of Bengal, Phailin came onshore in India October 12, 2013. So far, 800,000 people have been evacuated from this very highly-populated eastern Indian shore.

Typhoon Nari crossed over the northern region of the Philippines in Luzon on October 11-12, 2013, Thirteen people were killed when the storm ripped off the roofs of homes and buildings, toppled trees, and triggered flash floods and landslides.

Nari is now in the South China Sea heading directly toward VietNam, and is expected to make landfall early Sunday October 13, 2013.

Typhoon Wipha  has formed in the Pacific Ocean, east of the  Philippines, and is heading NNW toward the southern islands of Japan.

Tropical Storm Octave is forming south of Baja, heading north onto the Baja Pensisula, but no warnings have been issued.

What’s A Cyclone?

The terms “hurricane” and “typhoon” are regional names for a strong “tropical cyclone”;  they are all the same thing – a violent storm that forms over water.