Tacloban, Philippines –
The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is believed to have surpassed 10,000 on the southern island of Leyte alone with winds reaching 235mph, making it pone of the strongest typhoon or hurricanes ever recorded on earth. The death tool is expected to climb as other islands are reached by rescuers.
Corpses can be seen hanging from trees and mixed with debris scattered on the side of the road. The majority of the deaths are a result of drowning from being trapped in leveled structures.
Manila, Philippines –
UPDATE: Weather experts are declaring that Typhoon Haiyan is officially one of the strongest storms ever seen. The typhoon is stronger than Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, or Sandy.
The death toll is still at 4 however because of the ongoing communication issues this amount is likely to grow.
The strongest typhoon of this year struck the Philippines on Friday with sustained winds reaching 195 mph, equivalent to a category 5 hurricane.
ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It was founded on August 8, 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand and later joined by Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, for a total of 10 nations.
ASEAN is a geopolitical organization that covers roughly 600 million people across Southeast Asia. The group's aim is to bring together the 10 countries to improve regional security, negotiate disputes in a peaceful manner, and improve the block's member nations overall welfare and economic growth.
A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck just offshore from the Philippines according to the USGS and has triggered tsunami warnings for Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Guam, Northern Marianas and Papua New Guinea. The quake occurred at a depth of 21 miles prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to issue an automatic tsunami warning because it was greater than a 7.5.
The tsunami warns have since been cancelled and no tsunami occurred.
Tsunami watched were also issued for far away places like Russia and Hawaii.
Two tiny rocks in the South China Sea called the Scarborough shoal have become a point of international dispute as China and the Philippines fail to resolve their dispute and send in naval vessels. China says the Philippines are in violation of international law. "We believe it runs counter to historical facts and violates the law," said Liu Weimin, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.
Three people have been killed and 13 wounded after a live grenade was thrown during a cock fight over what police say appears to have been a personal grudge.
Police say survivors and witnesses say the man who threw the grenade was a local man in the North Catobato province of the Philippines, where the incident happened.
Cock fighting is extremely popular in the Asian island nation and police say they believe the incident was over a dispute about money.
China and the Philippines have both sent ships to the area known as Panatag Shoal in the South China Sea over a territorial dispute. In recent years China has begun several territorial disputes with many of its neighbors including Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines once oil and natural gas were believed to be in large deposited under the sea floor.
Power has been restored to the cruise ship Azamara Quest after an engine fire left the ship adrift near Indoneasia. The Azamara Quest, as shown above in this 2008 picture, had 1,000 people on board, 600 of which were passengers. The ship is owned by Royal Caribbean, the same company that owns the Costa Concordia and Costa Allegra, both of which have had recent disasters as well.
Officials report no passengers were hurt but five crew members suffered smoke inhalation, one seriously.
Manilla, Philippines -
Tropical storm Washi has hit the Philippines Saturday morning and has killed at least 440 and the death toll is expected to rise. Hardest hit were Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.
Gwen Pang of the Red Cross said there are still about 400 more people still missing and there have been about 2,000 people rescued so far. There are an estimated 100,000 people displaced by the storm has most did not heed government warnings to evacuate.
After 10 hours of torrential rains, rivers and tributaries were flooding throughout the area.