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January 26, 2010

World-record wind speed confirmed

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World-record wind speed confirmed

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Scientists at the World Meteorological Organization confirmed this week that Cyclone Olivia in April 1996 produced gusts clocking in at 253.5 mph (408 km/h), the highest non-tornadic winds ever recorded.

The gust, recorded at Barrow Island, Australia, shattered the previous record of 231 mph (372 km/h), set on Mount Washington in the United States in April 1934. However, this record stands for the western and northern hemispheres.

The WMO “came to its conclusion after an extensive review and evaluation of instrumental, phenomenological and statistical data.”

Olivia caused extensive damage in Australia as it moved across the continent in a northwest–southeast direction.



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January 25, 2010

Ethiopian airliner crashes into Mediterranean Sea

Ethiopian airliner crashes into Mediterranean Sea

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An Ethiopian Airlines 737 similar to the aircraft involved in the crash
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Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, scheduled to fly from Beirut, Lebanon, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after taking off Monday morning. Ethiopian Airlines report 83 people on board.

Flight ET409, a Boeing 737, was set to leave at 2:10 am local time, but was delayed until 2:35. The passenger plane took off in stormy conditions, and it disappeared from radar five minutes later.

Eyewitnesses reported a ball of fire as the plane went down. Debris has already been seen off the Lebanese coast.

Rescue efforts are underway amid continuing heavy rains. However, it is unknown if there are any survivors. Among the passengers are 23 Ethiopian, 51 Lebanese, 1 Turkish, 1 French, 2 British, 1 Russian, 1 Canadian, 1 Syrian, 1 Iraqi nationals. The French embassy also stated that the wife of the French ambassador to Lebanon was on board.

Lebanon’s Transport Minister Ghazi al-Aridi said that the crash site “has been identified three-and-a-half km west of the village of Na’ameh”.



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