Powerful typhoon strikes the Philippines • Earth.com

Last update: December 13th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the early morning of September 15, 2018

The typhoon struck the Cagayan Province near the northern tip of Luzon, which is one of the most populated islands in the Philippines.

When the photograph was taken, the storm was nearly 600 miles wide with maximum wind speeds of 130 miles per hour. With an eye wall that is nearly 30 miles wide, this is the most powerful tropical cyclone in any part of the ocean so far this year.

This false-color image was captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


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