Take a look at these satellite images: Cyclone Kenneth was absolutely massive, and bigger than Idai
- When tropical cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Mozambique its scale was astounding: it covered 800 kilometres in length.
- It has wreaked havoc, killing at least one person and leaving a trail of destruction.
- Satellite images from a South African data scientist compared the sizes of Cyclone Idai with Cyclone Kenneth.
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Using satellite images, Cape Town-based data scientist Glenn Moncrieff has charted the devastation caused by Cyclone Kenneth.
As it made landfall in Mozambique, it reached an astounding 800 kilometres in length.
Above, cyclone Kenneth over 25 April. Video: EUMETSAT/ Glenn Moncrieff
Kenneth, classified at one stage as a category 4 cyclone, smashed into the northern parts of Mozambique on Thursday evening with wind speeds of up to 280 km/h.
Some 30,000 Mozambicans were evacuated in northern parts of the country in preparation of the deluge of rain and impending destruction, reported Al Jazeerra.
Six weeks earlier Cyclone Idai, classified as a category 3 cyclone for reaching wind speeds of between 178 - 209 km/h, devastated the central part of the country as well as parts of Madagascar, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving over a thousand dead and an estimated R11 billion in damages to buildings, infrastructure and agriculture, according to the UN.
Put side by side, satellite images reveal the devastating scope of the cyclones.
In terms of size, cyclone Kenneth is larger than its predecessor, which stretched out for about 700km.
For scale, we also compared it to the land area of Gauteng.
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