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Hurricane Sandy left Bahamas late Friday and is now heading northward toward the U.S. East Coast, where it threatens to join with winter weather fronts to create a super storm.
At least 43 people were killed across the Caribbean.
A British CEO of an investment bank was reported killed in Bahamas due to the category 1 Hurricane Sandy.
Officials at Deltec Bank & Trust identified him as Timothy Fraser-Smith.
On Thursday Hurricane Sandy pounded Cuba as a category 2 hurricane killing at least 11 people in eastern Santiago and Guantanamo provinces.
In Haiti at least 29 people were killed by Hurricane Sandy.
In Jamaica, a person was killed and another person was killed in Puerto Rico.
This is a disaster.
Tropical Storm Isaac brought heavy rains to Dominican Republic and Haiti on Friday.
It bore down on Haiti’s southern peninsula early Saturday.
It may cause deadly flash floods and mudslides in Haiti because so much of the country is deforested.
Another natural disaster happened today.
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Qinghai in China at 7:49 am local time (7:49 pm ET Tuesday).
The epicenter was about 150 miles (240 kilometer) northwest of Qamdo, Tibet.
There were strong aftershocks of magnitude 5.2 and 5.3 about half an hour of the quake.
Most houses were made of wood with earthen walls in the area.
At least 300 people were killed and 8000 were injured.
Many others were still buried under the debris.
This place is in the mountains and far from the big cities.
So there are not much heavy machines and medical equipments.
In 2008 a 7.9 earth quake hit neighboring Sichuan province.
About 90,000 were killed or missing in that earthquake.
When I first wrote this post this morning, there was only one person reported killed.
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Sumatra at 5:15 am Indonesian time, 125 miles from Sibolga.
Sibolga is in North Sumatra.
It is 448km southwest of Pangkor Island in Malaysia.
So far there is no report of damage.
The Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency issued a tsunami warning.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department also issued a tsunami warning to coastal areas in Perlis, Penang and Kedah.
People in high buildings in Malaysia felt the earthquake.
There had been lots of earthquakes in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Haiti and Chile were also badly hit by earthquakes this year.
Earthquake is a natural disaster.
There were small tsunamis in Banyak Islands and Teluk Dalam, Indonesia.
The tsunami warnings had been canceled.
Okinawa was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
It happened at 5:31 am (3:31pm Friday ET) early Saturday.
ET means USA’s Eastern Time.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory to the people in the Okinawa Islands, Amami Islands and Tokara Islands.
They should avoid the beaches and the sea.
Tsunami is giant waves.
The quake was centered about 6 miles (10km) deep and about 53 miles (85km) from Okinawa.
So far CNN said they haven’t received any news about the damage or casualty on the islands.
Anyway, I guess the aftermath will not be as bad as in the Haiti’s earthquake.
Earthquake is a natural disaster.
I think we must avoid earthquake.
A 5.9 magnitude aftershock hit Haiti at 6.03 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning, about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west-southwest of Port-au-Prince.
ET means Eastern Time.
This is the strongest aftershock after the 7.0 earthquake on 12 January 2010.
Aftershocks are earthquakes that happen after the first earthquake.
People screamed and ran to the streets because they are scared that the buildings will fall on them.
The rubble from the damaged buildings can fall on people’s head.
The damaged buildings can also collapse and hurt more people.
Maybe more people are injured and more buildings are damaged and more rubble block the streets.
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday, about 10 miles (15 km) South East of Port-au-Prince just before 5 pm.
Haiti is one of the Caribbean countries.
CNN said it is a ‘catastrophe of major proportions’.
It means like a very big disaster.
CNN reported bodies in the streets of Port-au-Prince.
Lots of people were injured and dead.
They still can’t count the number of the dead and wounded yet.
The earthquake caused heavy damage to the capital, Port-au-Prince.
Lots of buildings and houses were damage and collapsed.
Power lines were knocked down so there is no electricity on Tuesday evening.
The Associated Press reported that a hospital collapsed.
The President’s residence is also damaged by the earthquake.
In Port-au-Prince lots of houses were built on the steep hillsides.
So when there is an earthquake the houses can fall onto other houses down the hill.
I am very sad because lots of people in Haiti lost their houses and family.
There had been lots of earthquakes in January 2010.