Minimize Typhoon Haiyan

This image, acquired by geostationary satellites of the Japan Meteorological Agency and EUMETSAT, shows Typhoon Haiyan as the powerful storm approached the Philippines last week at 13:00 UTC on 07 November 2013.

The image was acquired by JMA's MTSat-2 satellite, and EUMETSAT's Meteosat-7 satellite and is a composite image that incorporates data from the two satellites.

Typhoon Haiyan has been recorded as one of the worst storms in recorded history and is believed to have killed at least 10,000 people in the Philippines. The storm's strong winds, reaching excesses of 235km/h with 275km/h gusts, flattened many buildings, particularly the nation's vulnerable wooden homes.

In the Leyte province, the city of Tacloban was devastated, with a reported 80% of the city's homes destroyed. It is estimated that more than 9 million people in the Philippines have been affected by Haiyan.

After passing through the central Philippines, the typhoon moved across the South China Sea, where it weakened to a Tropical Storm and made landfall on northern Vietnam. It is expected to cause flooding in Vietnam and move north toward China.

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Credit: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) / EUMETSAT 2013