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Unformatted text preview: Cyclone Wilma Lashes Samoa and Tonga January 28, 2011 The South Pacific island nation of Tonga was battered on Tuesday by high winds and heavy rains brought by passing Cyclone Wilma. Crops were ruined and several buildings in Ha’apai sustained significant damage. Wilma caused moderate damage as it formed on Samoa and American Samoa two days earlier. Storm-surge tides swamped coastal homes and buildings on the eastern shores of American Samoa, according to disaster officials there. Wilma was predicted to strengthen to Category 4 force late in the week over the open waters south of Tonga. Weather forecasters in New Zealand were expecting high winds and very heavy rainfall as a much- weakened Wilma arrived over the weekend after losing its tropical characteristics. Quake Wrecks Southwest China Homes February 4, 2011 A relatively moderate quake damaged hundreds of homes Tuesday afternoon in southwest China’s Yunnan province, near the border with Myanmar. State media reports 229 homes were seriously damaged in the Dehong region, but there was no mention of any fatalities. 4.8 magnitude quake occurred at 3:11 p.m. local time about 150 miles west-southwest of Dali, Yunnan. Seismologists said that the shallow depth of only about 12 miles was responsible for the extent of damage from such a moderate quake. The strong shaking had forced the emergency evacuation of 64,500 people by Tuesday night, according to a statement by the county government....
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2012 for the course KNH 402 taught by Professor Winn during the Fall '10 term at Miami University.
- Fall '10