Typhoon Goni struck the Philippines as the year's strongest storm

Typhoon Goni struck the Philippines as the year’s strongest storm. Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows Super Typhoon Goni, which struck the Philippines on November 1st as the strongest storm of 2020. 

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Goni had maximum sustained winds of 195 miles. The storm initially made landfall on Catanduanes Island, where as many as 90 percent of the buildings have been destroyed. Typhoon Goni struck the Philippines as the year’s strongest storm

According to NASA, Goni destroyed tens of thousands of homes on Luzon, the nation’s largest island, displacing hundreds of thousands of people. At least 20 people have been killed.

The image was captured on October 31 by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite. The Philippines , officially the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas), is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao.The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both within the single urban area of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Celebes Sea to the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Japan to the northeas

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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