Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Powerful Typhoon Sanba pounds South Korea
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Sept 17, 2012

Typhoon Sanba pummelled South Korea on Monday, uprooting trees, shutting down flights and ferry services and unleashing torrential rains that left at least one person dead in a landslide.

The third major typhoon to hit the Korean peninsula in two months, Sanba made landfall in the southern port of Yeosu shortly before midday (0300 GMT), packing winds of around 137 kilometres (85 miles) per hour.

Heavy rains across the country triggered landslides that killed a 53-year-old woman in the southeastern county of Seongju and injured two people in nearby Gyeongju city, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.

Across the country more than 1,180 people were forced to evacuate their homes, while 507,000 households experienced power outages.

The typhoon pounded the South Korean island of Jeju overnight Sunday after crossing southwestern Japan where it claimed one life and knocked out power to 100,000 homes.

Severe storm alerts issued in southern regions earlier on Monday were expanded to the whole of South Korea in the afternoon, with flood warnings in some coastal areas.

But the Korea Meteorological Administration said the typhoon later lost strength and veered into the East Sea. It is expected to make landfall near the border of North Korea and Russia on Tuesday and gradually fade.

President Lee Myung-Bak earlier urged officials to mobilise "all possible resources" to limit the impact on farming communities and farm produce prices ahead of festivities for the national Chuseok holiday at the end of the month.

As the typhoon made landfall, powerful winds uprooted large trees, ripped away business hoardings and advertising billboards and knocked over traffic lights. Numerous train services were suspended or delayed due to landslides.

The typhoon's power was felt in the capital Seoul where strong winds and driving rain caused the cancellation of all first-round matches at the WTA Korea Open tennis tournament.

More than 340 flights, including 73 international services, were cancelled, while all ferry services were suspended nationwide, the transport ministry said, adding 2,000 ships had been taken out of the storm's path.

Thousands of residents in areas deemed vulnerable were taken to shelters or advised to evacuate while schools remained closed in many areas.

Major dams across the country discharged water to control their water levels and all national parks were declared off-limits as a precautionary measure.

Typhoons Bolaven and Tembin, which struck the peninsula in late August, left more than 20 people dead in the South, damaging farmland and hundreds of houses and causing power cuts that affected millions of homes.

North Korea's state media said Bolaven -- the strongest typhoon to hit the peninsula for almost a decade -- killed 59 people and left more than 26,000 people homeless.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Powerful typhoon on course to hit Japan's Okinawa
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 15, 2012
A powerful typhoon packing winds of up to 270 kilometres (170 miles) per hour was churning towards Okinawa in southern Japan on Saturday, grounding nearly 80 flights, officials said. Typhoon Sanba, located in the Pacific about 310 kilometres south of Okinawa at 0700 GMT, was forecast to make landfall early on Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It was expected to move over the ... read more

Norway supplies $168M for famine relief

Haunting 'Land of Hope' part shot on location in Fukushima

Japan slams brakes on $63 billion in spending

25 killed in ammunition depot blast in western Turkey: army

The most stable laser in the world

S. Korea's LG Electronics launches new smartphone

European industry develops space safety radar

Boiling Water Without Bubbles

Most coral reefs are at risk unless climate change is drastically limited

Amazon's flying water vapor rivers bring rain to Brazil

Summer rain more likely over drier soils

Parched soils trigger more storms

Brazil to begin rebuilding its burned Antarctic base

How fast can ice sheets respond to climate change?

Himalayan glaciers retreating at accelerated rate in some regions but not others

Surviving without ice

New gene could lead to better bug-resistant plants

Italian architect designs world's biggest vertical garden

Farmers accuse Madagascar mining giant of killing bees

Food industry's high-quality co-streams used effectively as raw material for new products

Powerful Typhoon Sanba pounds South Korea

Nicaragua ups volcano response as San Cristobal rumbles

India landslide death toll jumps to 45: minister

Eruptions weaken at Guatemala's Volcano of Fire

Moroccan ex-POWs from W. Sahara conflict hold sit-in

No peace of mind for war-weary South Sudanese

Toll rises to 40 in S. Sudan military boat sinking: army

ECOWAS defence ministers meet on Mali, G.Bissau: official

Some gains but many mysteries as Alzheimer's epidemic looms

Stress breaks loops that hold short-term memory together

How early social deprivation impairs long-term cognitive function

Mapping a genetic world beyond genes

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement