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Important Facts For Prelims

Typhoon Hagibis

  • 14 Oct 2019
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The main Japanese island of Honshu was hit by Typhoon Hagibis on 12th October 2019.

  • Typhoon Hagibis could be the strongest storm to hit Japan since 1958.
  • Typhoon Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language, had packing winds of 180 km per hour near its centre.
  • The storm brought record-breaking rainfall to many areas, resulting in floods and landslides in the country.
  • Typhoon Ida, known as the “Kanogawa Typhoon” in Japanese, killed more than 1,000 people in September 1958. Ida had winds of 190 kmph when it hit the country.
  • Typhoon is a region-specific name of the Tropical Cyclone (swirling system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical oceans).
  • In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” in the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

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