Cyclone Yasi, Qld Worst Disaster

Posted on: February 2nd, 2011 by Annette Welsford No Comments

Just when we thought that nature wreaking havoc in Qld was all over, the worst ever cyclone to hit Australia is right now buffering North Queensland.  This category 5 cyclone is absolutely enormous.  Even though we’re in the southern part of Queenlsand, and not directly affected, the TV coverage and images are terrifying.  I can’t imagine what the Nth Qld residents are going through.

Take a look at these incredible map overlays which show the sheer size of the cyclone – nearly the size of the US.  Just the eye of the cyclone would cover the whole of the north island of New Zealand.

The main bloc of the cyclone is 500km wide, while its associated activity, shown below in a colour-coding to match intensity, stretches over 2000km.

Cyclone Yasi compared to USA

Cyclone Yasi superimposed on USA

Cyclone Yasi superimposed on Europe

Cyclone Yasi superimposed on Europe

Eye of Cyclone Yasi Superimposed over New Zealand

Eye of Cyclone Yasi Superimposed over New Zealand

Now it’s North Queenslanders that need our help.  We thank everyone who has donated to the Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal, and ask people to dig deeper if possible. 

We love our beautiful State of Queensland, but boy – it certainly is a testing place to live at times.

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