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Oct. 18 – Typhoon Megi, also known as Typhoon Juan, hit the Philippines, cut off electricity and caused building damage country-wide as well as resulted in two reported deaths. The typhoon packed sustained winds up to 140 mph and gusts up to 162 mph. Megi also caused heavy flooding in Vietnam, where 30 reported deaths have occurred, as well as southern China in which about 140,000 people have been evacuated. Megi is the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in four years, with the previous typhoon killing about 1,000 people in 2006.
Oct. 5 – European intelligence officials determined that a group of jihadists, located in Hamburg, Germany, were behind an al-Qaeda plot to launch terrorist attacks on several European cities. The terrorist plot was allegedly based off the terrorist attack on Mumbai, India in Nov. 2008, in which 160 people died. According to German officials, the members of this group were recruited from a Hamburg mosque that Mohamed Atta, lead hijacker in the 9/11 attacks, also attended in the 1990s. In response to this situation the U.S. government issued a Europe-wide security warning for Americans traveling in the continent. Numerous European nations including Germany, Britain and France issued similar advisories for their citizens.
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