Typhoon Bavi makes landfall in North Korea. Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the eighth tropical storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season, Typhoon Bavi, heading north toward the Korean Peninsula.
The photo was captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite on August 25, 2020. By August 26, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour. Typhoon Bavi makes landfall in North Korea
Warm water temperatures fueled Typhoon Bavi as it moved across the Yellow Sea, and the storm grazed the South Korean island of Jeju with powerful winds and waves and torrential rainfall.
Bavi made landfall in a western coastal region of North Korea early Thursday morning with maximum wind speeds of 83 miles per hour. In 1910, Korea was annexed by Imperial Japan. At the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II in 1945, Korea was divided into two zones, with the north occupied by the Soviet Union and the south occupied by the United States. Negotiations on reunification failed, and in 1948, separate governments were formed: the socialist Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the north, and the capitalist Republic of Korea in the south
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory