Sunday, October 12, 2008

1922 Swatow Typhoon

The 1922 Swatow Typhoon was a devastating tropical cyclone that caused thousands of deaths in the Chinese city of in August 1922. These totals make it one of the deadliest known typhoons in history.

Meteorological history

A tropical depression located near the Caroline Islands was first spotted July 27. It moved slowly to the northwest, gradually intensifying. On July 31, it crossed northern Luzon, and entered the northernmost part of the South China Sea. It then intensified more and made on the Chinese coast near the city of late on August 2 or early on August 3. At one point, the winds were estimated to have a velocity of 100 mph.


Due to the typhoon passing through a lightly-inhabited part of the Philippines, no reports of significant impact were received. Swatow was an unfortunate city, as around 50,000 people perished in the storm. Several ships near the coast were totally wrecked. and may have been higher than 100,000. , and another unnamed typhoon that hit somewhere in China in 1912.

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