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August 10, 2009
Typhoon and earthquakes devastate Asia

Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan.

In Asia, Typhoon Morakot has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but not before it caused widespread destruction in several countries.

The typhoon dumped as much as 80 inches of rain in parts of Taiwan, where 400 or more people were reported buried and are unaccounted for after a mudslide in one village Sunday morning. In China, hundreds of villages and towns were flooded and more than 2,000 houses collapsed. Almost one million people were evacuated. In the Phillippines, the storm killed at least 22 people over the weekend.

Blogger Sandy in Neipu, Taiwain describes the devastation:

Riding around Neipu today we saw – a duck farm’s metal shed all twisted all over the bridge between Neipu and WanJin, elementary school and junior high with school kids gathering fallen tree limbs to put into dumpsters, and signs blown all over. The new levy at the river between Neipu and WanLuan where we had ridden bicycles to all summer is covered with mud and a tree is across the one-lane bridge, but less flooding occured there than before.

More aftermath of the typhoon – many stranded, many displaced from their homes, many without power or water, many wondering if their families high in the mountains are all right, many scared, many hungry and thirsty, many cleaning mud and floodwaters from their homes.

Watch a video of the typhoon’s aftermath from YouTube user WXextremeWX:

Blogger Nick in Taiwan says that many have braved the weather:

In New Orleans, when a hurricane was coming, we usually evacuated – either to Baton Rouge or Texas or wherever we could north or west. Well, you can’t really evacuate here, since, you know, we’re on a small island, and no matter where you go you’re more than likely still somewhere in the storm’s path. You obviously can’t fly anywhere, and boating is not too encouraged in these conditions. So, we’re stuck here.

Some of you might think that I’m nuts for venturing out in this weather, but the truth is, I am far from alone. In fact, the weather doesn’t seem to have slowed this town down as much as one might think. There are many, many restaurants and stores that have remained open the whole weekend. In my cab ride last night, there were lots of cars on the road, and even a few brave – or unlucky – scooter riders. When Mo drove me home this afternoon, there were even more cars on the road. It’s just crazy, especially given the fact that, despite the storm traveling through northern Taiwan, it’s our beloved southern part of the island that has by far sustained the most flooding and damage.

Meanwhile, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch for five countries after a massive 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit the Indian Ocean, though the warning was later lifted.

Japan was struck by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday and a  7.1-magnitude earthquake on Sunday. The quake was centered well offshore, deep under the Pacific Ocean. Japan is highly vulnerable to earthquakes and is struck by about 20 percent of the world’s quakes. Experts put the chances of an earthquake centered near Tokyo at 70 percent in the next couple of decades and warn that thousands could die.

A blogger at “Shibuya” in Japan shares that worry:

Japan experiences many earthquakes every year and most are not too strong. The one everyone is worried about is if a huge earthquake were to hit the center of Tokyo.

Whilst most apartment buildings and office buildings have been constructed under some strict earthquake resistant guidelines, there are still many older structures which may not stand up so well under the ultimate stress test.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jon@th@nC under a Creative Commons license.

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I feel very sorry for the people who are dying because of the floods.I also feel sorry for the people who lost there homes because of these floods.Also it is a tragedy for what happen to them and there homes.Well I also think it would be very sorry if when they came out and they had know idea where they were.


Ifeel sad becuase they lost there home .It is sad that they have to be swimming in the cold water.


*Coughs*I dont like to be living in a place with hurricanes,typhoons,and earthquakes.I mean they can hit anywhere or anytime.i can probbaly survive a flood becuz i can swim btw u can run away from a hurricane,tornadoe,typhhon if ure far enough


Typhoons can cause many diffrent types of damage to our world. It can cause a finacal problem to us all. This one caued maybe years of re-building to fix. Natural Disasters can cause many people to suffer and be in pain. Sometimes typhoons can kill people and sometimes they can’t. I know I’m glad to not be living in a place like Thiland or even in Asia because of the typoons and hurricanes and earthquakes and even droughts. Good thing the typhoon didn’t come to North America or else we’d probalby have bigger problems than blogging.


I think typhoons are super scary and I would hate to be living on an island when one comes. Their should be some sort of shelter for people to go in order to not be drowned. I also think they should invent a fast way to get off a hill or mountain so you’re not stuck in a landslide.


asia is getting bad luck. There is alot of floods and hurricanes that are over 80 inches tall. Thats not good. Well I hope they dont half to move to far out of their land or country. That stinks for asia. Hope the floods and hurricans stop quickly.


I think its terribile thatthe rain over there can reach to 80 inches. I think its even more terrible that 400 people were burried and that 2000 homes were collapsed. I think the best thing to do is to move as far as possibel.


Eighty inches of water is bad no one can swim though that. 2,000 or more homes were lost because of the flood. It also killed 22 people over the weekend, how sad.These people have to go though this every year. These disasters can happen and no person can cause them or stop them.
These natural disasters can come without warning, very few people can predict when they’re going to happen. We are never safe from natural disasters how can we stop mother nature?


nature is a very dangerous fery to land. earthquakes a so devistating for every on many people die! Typhoon`s are so dangerous you can`t stop rageing water!


i think hurricanes am super dangerous because they flood anything in their paths. typhoons and earthquakes are dangerous to because they can happen any time as long as the typhoon has water. earthquakes can destroy millions of dollars of stuff. stay away from these dangerous naural disaster. typhoons dump gallons of water in taiwan and destroyed many houses.


i think hurricanes am super dangerous because they flood anything in their paths. typhoons and earthquakes are dangerous to because they can happen any time as long as the typhoon has water. earthquakes can destroy millions of dollars of stuff. stay away from these dangerous naural disaster.


I think a typhoon is a very dangerous narural disater. An earthquake is a diaster we can’t get away from. Both are life therting in so many ways. We should be trying to save the people of those countries.


Typhoons and earthquakes are very scary natural disaters. They can hit at anytime and without warning. I think that the United States is better prepared then other countries as we have advance technologies and building laws that require people to reinforceand strengthen their structures. The US has levie to help keep water levels down. I do not think we are ever safe from natural disasters.


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