Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fiji Cyclone

On Wednesday 17th March 2010 SUVA, Fiji – The South Pacific island nation of Fiji has suffered overwhelming damage from a powerful cyclone that battered its shores for more than three days.Only one death has been reported, but the full extent of the damage has yet to be determined because communications to the hardest hit areas were cut off for days.Cyclone Tomas, packing winds of up to 130 mph (205 kph) at its center and gusts of up to 175 mph (280 kph), started hitting Fiji late Friday. It blasted through the northern Lau and Lomaiviti island groups and the northern coast of the second biggest island, Vanua Levu, before losing strength as it moved out to sea Wednesday, the nation's weather office said.

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