Typhoon Nabi was a powerful typhoon that struck southwestern Japan in
September 2005. The 14th named storm of the 2005 Pacific typhoon season,
Nabi formed on August 29 to the east of the Northern Mariana Islands.
On September 1, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center upgraded the storm to
super typhoon status, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane on the
Saffir–Simpson scale. The Japan Meteorological Agency estimated peak
ten-minute winds of 175 km/h (110 mph) on September 2. The typhoon
first affected the Northern Marianas, damaging or destroying 114 homes.
It weakened while curving to the north, striking the Japanese island of
Kyushu on September 6. The western fringe of the storm brushed South
Korea, where it killed six people and caused US$115.4 million in
damage. The storm then passed over Hokkaido before becoming
extratropical on September 8. Across Japan, Nabi killed 29 people and
caused ¥94.9 billion (US$854 million) in damage. Nabi's name was
retired the following year.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Nabi>
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Britain and China signed the Treaty of Nanking, an unequal
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The Soviet Union successfully conducted its first nuclear
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