Philippines Braces Again for Super Typhoon Parma – Second Earthquake Strikes Indonesia

October 1, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Mere days after Typhoon Ketsana left up to 300 dead and most of Manila under water, the Philippines was bracing itself Thursday for another perhaps larger typhoon gathering strength in the western Pacific. Philippine officials were preparing compulsory evacuation plans for tens of thousands of people as they watched Typhoon Parma track toward the country with winds gusting up to 150 mph. Typhoon Parma upgraded to a super typhoon Thursday, is expected to bring heavy rainfall and major property damage to the Philippines on Saturday, according to meteorologists.  Ketsana at one point left 80 percent of the capital, Manila, under water and forced the evacuation of 567,000.
Meanwhile Western Indonesia was rattled by another severe earthquake a day after a massive quake trapped thousands of people under collapsed buildings. The first quake hit Wednesday evening just off the Indonesian city of Padang with a 7.6 magnitude, and has killed at least 500 people, although that number is likely to rise as rescuers dig for survivors. As the airport reopened on Thursday, a 6.6 quake hit near the Indonesian island of Sumatra collapsed at least 500 buildings in the city of Padang, although the quake hit too far inland to generate a tsunami. On Tuesday, an 8.0 earthquake elsewhere in the Pacific Basin, a volatile area rife with volcanic arcs, caused a tsunami that slammed massive waves into the islands of Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga, killing at least 154 people. The Samoan and Indonesian quakes are not directly connected, according to meteorologists.


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