Category 5 tropical cyclone wreaked havoc on Vanuatu
Category 5 tropical cyclone Harold wreaked havoc on the small island nation in the South Pacific. NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens
On April 6, 2020, residents of Vanuatu woke up to devastating winds and heavy rains as Tropical Cyclone Harold made landfall on the Pacific island nation. By midday, Harold was a category 5 storm with sustained winds of approximately 215 kilometers (135 miles) per hour near its center, making it one of the strongest storms ever to hit the nation.