A cyclone slammed a heavily populated part of India, but few died. How?
By Digital First Media
10/14/2013 07:17:44 PM EDT
The cyclone swirling toward the Indian coast this past weekend was no minor threat. With sustained winds of up to 160 miles per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center classified it as low Category 5 storm. One measurement placed it among the 20 strongest Atlantic hurricanes of all time.
Indian people run for shelter following a cyclone warning at the Bay of Bengal coast in Gopalpur beach in Ganjam district about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of people living along India's eastern coastline were taking shelter Saturday from a massive, powerful cyclone Phailin that was set to reach land packing destructive winds and heavy rains. ((AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout))
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