Astronaut Snaps Photo of Huge Typhoon
Death toll from Haiyan in Philippines was at 100 and rising quickly
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2013 6:00 AM CST
This image of Typhoon Haiyan was taken by astronaut Karen L. Nyberg aboard the International Space Station.   (AP Photo/NASA, Karen L. Nyberg)

(Newser) – Super Typhoon Haiyan is done with the Philippines, but it will take some time to get a handle on the death toll—now at 100 and rising—and the damage. In the meantime, US astronaut Karen L. Nyberg took a photo from the International Space Station that provides the best sense yet of Haiyan's immense scale, notes the Epoch Times. On the ground, authorities say at least 100 are dead, with the city of Tacloban on Leyte Island appearing to take the biggest hit from the storm, reports AP. But Reuters says the toll is expected to "rise sharply" as communication is restored.

"The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami," says a UN disaster official in Tacloban. "This is destruction on a massive scale. There are cars thrown like tumbleweed and the streets are strewn with debris." Meanwhile, Haiyan is headed to Vietnam, where mass evacuations are underway. It weakened to a category 4 storm today with sustained winds of 101mph, but meteorologists say it could pick up speed as it travels over the South China Sea.

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Nov 9, 2013 1:24 PM CST
Dictatorship and Socialist type governments as well as overpopulation keep these countries in extreme poverty. That will only change if the United States remains a Capitalist Republic as our Forefathers intended and we set the example for the world. The tendency right now is toward the socialism adopted largely in Europe. Observe Europe. They are failing. When hard work is no longer rewarded failure soon follows. Socialism doesn't work. Dictatorship doesn't work. Overpopulation stresses resources.
Frank Sullivan
Nov 9, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Well, the devastation is overwhelming. 1200 ppl dead at last count. The most powerful on record. The ppl aren't well off to begin with. They definitely need help. The world should make it a priority.
Nov 9, 2013 10:30 AM CST
They will always be and have always been. No matter how much we spend and (give) there will always be people in need. We shall not stop human advancement so they can catch up. They never will. I say stop building church's and cut the Pope and his posses gigantic income to a Jesus level, you know like a medium size fish and a piece of bread pure day then I will understand some ones fascination/ addiction to religion. Bring on the moon base.