Typhoon Muifa makes landfall near Shanghai • Earth.com

Typhoon Muifa makes landfall near Shanghai

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Typhoon Muifa, which made landfall on September 14, 2022 near Shanghai – China’s largest metropolitan area.

“News reports called it the strongest storm to reach the Yangtze River Delta since Typhoon Damrey in 2012. An estimated 230 million people live on and around the delta,” said NASA.

“Operations were suspended in the major ports of Ningbo and Shanghai, as well as oil and gas operations on Zhoushan. Ferry and shipping traffic were suspended, fishing boats were called into port, and flights to and from the region were canceled.”

According to media reports, more than 1.3 million people were relocated from Zhoushan before the typhoon arrived. Muifa had already struck Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, which had been damaged by Typhoon Hinnamnor just a week earlier. 

The image was captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi-NPP satellite as Muifa was approaching southeastern China. 

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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