Super typhoon Rammasun struck the southern coast of China on Friday July 18th as a very powerful super typhoon with sustained winds estimated at 135 knots (~155 mph or equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane on the US Saffir-Simpson scale), making it the strongest typhoon to hit the area in several decades. Rammasun made landfall at 3:30 pm (local time) on Hainan Island where the southern half of the intense eye wall raked across the northeast tip of that island. The center then quickly cut across the Qiongzhou Strait separating Hainan from the Leizhou Peninsula to the north.
By Lisa-Natalie Anjozian, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Original www.nasa.gov Press Release (published 11/27/12)
A NASA study using TRMM satellite data revealed that the year 2010 was a particularly bad year for landslides around the world.
The catastrophic mudslides—the deadliest in decades according to state media—buried some areas under as much as 23 feet (7 meters) of suffocating sludge. 1,765 people died. Property damages totaled an estimated $759 million. Cutting from right to left, this detailed image, from DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite, shows the largest slide in the lower part of the city on August 10, 2010.
Image Credit: Digital Globe, DigitalGlobe usage policy
The TRMM satellite had a good look at typhoon Nalgae on 2 October 2011 at 0637 UTC after it became the second typhoon in a week to hit the Philippines. Nalgae was in the middle of the South China Sea headed toward southern Hainan. In this image a rainfall analysis from TMI and PR data was overlaid on a combination Infrared and Visible image from TRMM's Visible and InfraRed Scanner (VIRS) instrument.