This blog provides commentary on interesting geological events occurring around the world in the context of my own work. This work is, broadly, geological fluid dynamics. The events that I highlight here are those that resonate with my professional life and ideas, and my goal is to interpret them in the context of ideas I've developed in my research. The blog does not represent any particular research agenda. It is written on a personal basis and does not seek to represent the University of Illinois, where I am a professor of geology and physics. Enjoy Geology in Motion! I would be glad to be alerted to geologic events of interest to post here! I hope that this blog can provide current event materials that will make geology come alive.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Typhoon Megi causes multiple landslides in Taiwan

Landslide in Taiwan as a result of Typhoon Megi
Photo from BBC news
Landslides in Taiwan have stranded 400 drivers, buried a Chinese tourist bus carrying 19 passengers, and inundated a Buddhist temple, killing three people and leaving six missing.  Megi dumped 45 inches of rain to one county on the north east tip of Taiwan in just 48 hours. As of today (October 23) Megi has existed for XXX days since it first formed off of the Philippines.  The record for cyclone duration belongs to Typhoon John, which lasted 31 days in 1994.  John formed in the northeast Pacific, travelled west across the international dateline, and then recurved back and crossed it again.  Since convention indicates that cyclones be named "hurricane" if they are east of the dateline and "typhoon" if they are west of it, John's name changed twice! Megi attained typhoon status on October 14, and thus has a long way to go to challenge the duration record.  It is, however, one of the strongest storms to make landfall anywhere in the world after attaining "supertyphoon" status on October 16 (see earlier post).

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