The American Red Cross has released a graphic of what Typhoon Haiyan would have looked like had it landed over the U.S.

“…to many of this side of the world, the concept of a storm that large, particularly in a country made of 7,100 individual islands, is difficult to grasp,” the agency wrote on its blog.

The typhoon made landfall Friday, barrelling through six central Philippine islands, wiping away buildings and levelling seaside homes with winds of 235 kilometres per hour and gusts of 275 km/h.

While the official death count remains at 942, officials believe the typhoon may have killed 10,000 or more people.

With files from the Associated Press