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Typhoon Dolphin
May 14, 2015
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Tropical Storm Dolphin

Super Typhoon Dolphin Recap: Direct Hit on Guam, Rota Island

By Linda Lam, May 19

Typhoon Dolphin delivered quite a punch on its final leg as a tropical cyclone.

While a Category 1 equivalent typhoon, Dolphin passed about 80 miles west of Iwo To, Japan, known in the United States as Iwo Jima on May 19. A peak wind gust was clocked at 114 mph at 5:37 p.m. local time.

Iwo Jima, famous for its role in World War II, is currently uninhabited except for military personnel.

The typhoon soon after continued its transition to a so-called "extratropical cyclone", the kind you find over the northern oceans in the mid-latitudes, as it was getting swept up in the polar jet stream coming off east Asia.

Dolphin reached its peak intensity as a Category 5 super typhoon last Saturday with top winds estimated to be 160 mph.

A western Pacific tropical cyclone is named a "super typhoon" when maximum sustained winds reach 150 mph; on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, the minimum threshold for Category 5 is 157 mph.

Thankfully, this period of intensification occurred after the typhoon cleared both Guam and Rota.

This event has a total of 5 person records.
Nepal Earthquake
April 25, 2015
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A Nepalese woman carrying her child walks past a destroyed building in Sankhu village in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 16, 2015

The Nepal Earthquakes Are Now the Nation's Deadliest-Ever Disasters

May 18, 2015

More than 8,500 people have died as a result of the back-to-back earthquakes

On Sunday, Nepal’s Home Ministry confirmed at least 8,583 deaths from the past month’s two major earthquakes and subsequent tremors, making the combined disaster the deadliest in the country’s history, reports Reuters.

The last massive temblor to rock the landlocked Himalayan nation killed 8,519 people in 1934.

On April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake erupted approximately 85 miles east of the capital, Kathmandu, killing more than 8,000 people and destroying a half-million homes nationwide. Three weeks later the country was struck again by a 7.3-magnitude tremor near Mount Everest that killed more than 100 people and triggered fresh landslides..

This event has a total of 8710 person records.
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