Destructive power of Asian typhoons has intensified by 50% in past 40 years, study finds

Destructive power of Asian typhoons has intensified by 50% in past 40 years, study finds

A latest study has found that the devastating power of the typhoons causing havoc throughout China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines has become 50% stronger in the last four decades because of warming seas.

The researchers have cautioned that global warming will make the huge storms even stronger in the coming time, putting the huge and growing coastal populations of such countries in danger.

Prof Wei Mei, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who headed the new work, said, “It’s a very substantial increase. We believe results are very important for East Asian countries because of huge populations in these areas. People should be aware of increase in typhoon intensity because when they make landfall these can cause much more damage”.

In East Asia, typhoons can have destructing impacts. In 2013, the Philippines experience a typhoon Haiyan, which took minimal 6,300 lives and affected 11 million. China faced a typhoon Nina in 1975, which dumped 100cm of rain per day and lead to 229,000 deaths and 6m vanished buildings.

Previous week, typhoon Lionrocktook 11 lives in northern Japan, accompanied by power blackouts and damage to property. In July typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan and China, and killed minimal nine people. It left a trail of destruction.

Published in Nature Geoscience, in the latest research the scientists used data collected separately by centers in Japan and Hawaii. They noted down the differences in the way of its collection, and demonstrated that the severity of typhoons in the north-west Pacific had increase by 12%–15% on average since 1977.

The extent of the most damaging and violent storms that is categories 4 and 5, has doubled and even tripled in some years with the passage of time and the intensification was most marked for the storms that hit land.



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