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Typhoon Chataan was the deadliest natural disaster in the history of
Chuuk, a state in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The typhoon
formed on June 28, 2002, near the FSM, and for several days it
meandered while producing heavy rainfall across the region. On Chuuk,
the highest 24-hour precipitation total was 506 mm (19.9 in), greater
than the average monthly total. The rain produced floods up to 1.5 m
(4.9 ft) deep, causing deadly landslides that killed 47 people. There
was also one death on nearby Pohnpei, and damage in the FSM totaled over
$100 million. After affecting the FSM, Chataan began a northwest track
as an intensifying typhoon. Its eye passed just north of Guam on
July 4, though the eyewall moved across the island and dropped heavy
rainfall, causing significant damage to property and some injuries.
Typhoon Chataan attained its peak intensity of 175 km/h (110 mph) on
July 8. It weakened while turning to the north, and after diminishing
to a tropical storm Chataan struck eastern Japan on July 10, flooding
more than 10,000 houses and causing damage of about $500 million. The
name Chataan means "rainy day" in the Chamorro language, which is spoken
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Chataan>
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