At least 21 people were killed in Mexico after a hurricane and a tropical storm strikes the opposite sides of Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific.
Tropical Storm Manuel drenched Mexico’s southwestern Pacific shoulder Sunday while Hurricane Ingrid closed in on the country’s Gulf coast, causing heavy rains and landslides.
Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said 14 people died in Guerrero, three in Hidalgo, three in Puebla and one in Oaxaca due to the disaster.
Tropical Storm Manuel, with a maximum sustained winds of about 35 mph (55 kph) was moving to the northwest at 8 mph (13 kph) late Sunday, 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Manzanillo.
Manuel was expected to bring 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of Guerrero and Michoacan state, with maximums of 25 inches in some isolated areas.
Meanwhile Hurricane Ingrid had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) late Sunday and was centered about 110 miles (175 kilometers) northeast of the port city of Tampico as it moved west-northwest at 6 mph (9 kph).
It is expected to make a landfall by Monday morning, most likely along Tamaulipas state’s lightly populated coast north of Tampico.
Anyway, the storm system from the outer bands of Ingrid was already dumping heavy rains in parts of Mexico.
A hurricane warning was in effect from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca.
The hurricane can bring dangerous storm surge, destructive waves and heavy rains that can cause flash floods and landslides.
Yahoo! News said that more than 1,000 homes in Veracruz state had been affected by the storm to varying degrees and 20 highways and 12 bridges were damaged by the disaster.
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A strong 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan on Friday.
The quake lasts for about several minutes minutes.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. (0818 GMT).
It is in the same region that was hit by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and deadly tsunami last year.
The epicenter was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) beneath the seabed and 240 kilometers (150 miles) offshore.
Tokyo high-rises swayed for several minutes.
Authorities issued a warning that a tsunami potentially as high as 2 meters (2.2 yards) could hit.
A tsunami of 1 meter (1 yard) hit Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi, at 6:02 p.m. (0902 GMT).
So far no deaths or serious damage were reported.
This is a disaster!
At least 332 people were killed and 379 others were missing after Typhoon Bopha hits southern Philippines.
The typhoon slammed into Davao Oriental as it blew from the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday and caused a lot of damages to the province that it was hard to find any buildings with roofs on them.
It then hit Compostela Valley and roared across the southern Mindanao and central regions.
Southern Mindanao was rarely hit by strong typhoon.
Typhoon Bopha knocked out power in two entire provinces, caused landslides, destroyed houses and damaged the plantations.
Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental were the hardest hit provinces.
About 20 typhoons hit the the northern and central Philippines every year, often causing death and destruction.
But almost exactly a year ago, Typhoon Washi killed 1,500 people in Mindanao.
Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of up to 115 kph (71 mph) and gusts of up to 145 kph (90 mph), was moving west-northwest of the central Philippines and was expected to be over the South China Sea on Friday.
This is a disaster!
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There will be a solar eclipse in parts of northern Australia for a few minutes from shortly after dawn Wednesday (Nov. 14) local time in Australia or 3:35 p.m. EST (2035 GMT) Tuesday.
This will be the world’s last solar eclipse until March 2015.
It could be seen in Northern Territory, state of Queensland and the Pacific Ocean.
If we are not in those places, we could still watch the rare phenomenon live from the Internet.
The Tourism Tropical North Queensland and the Slooh Space Camera will provide free webcasts of the event.
The broadcasts will begin at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) and 2:30 p.m. EST (1930 GMT) on Tuesday, respectively.
SPACE.com reported that:
The total eclipse of the sun will begin over the Arnhem Land region of the Northern Territory, where the moon’s shadow will touch down at 3:35 p.m. EST (2035 GMT). [Video: Watch Path of Nov. 13-14 Total Solar Eclipse]
Then the eclipse path moves southeast across the Gulf of Carpentaria to Queensland, darkening the skies over towns such as Mitchell River and Palmerville before reaching the coastal city of Cairns at 3:39 p.m. EST (2039 GMT).
Shortly after sunrise, skywatchers in Cairns will witness a total solar eclipse lasting two minutes.
From Cairns, the moon’s shadow will cruise out into the vast Pacific Ocean, with the total eclipsefinally petering out 610 miles (980 kilometers) west-northwest of Santiago, Chile, at 6:48 p.m. EST (2348 GMT).
The eclipse’s path of totality is about 108 miles (174 km) wide and covers 9,000 miles (14,500 km) over a three-hour period.
The next total solar eclipse occurs in March 2015 and will be visible from some areas in the North Atlantic region, such as Norway’s Svalbard Islands.
However, a so-called “hybrid” eclipse — which shifts between total and annular at different points on the globe — will come to parts of the Atlantic and central Africa in November 2013.
The Golden Gate Bridge was opened to the public on May 27, 1937.
It was constructed from January 1933 to May 1937.
The bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the Golden Gate.
Golden Gate is the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean.
The Golden Gate Bridge links the city of San Francisco to Marin County, California.
At 4,200 ft (1,280.2 m), it was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1964.
I have already went across the bridge when we visited San Francisco.
After that I visited the Fisherman’s Wharf to eat clam chowder 🙂
This is the 7th strongest earthquake in the world.
The president of Chile, President Michelle Bachelet said at least two million people were affected and 214 were killed.
The earthquake damaged buildings, roads and bridges.