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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14404/pmel_max.pdf Maximum Wave Height (210 kB PDF) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14404/pmel_TT.pdf Travel Time (280 kB PDF) These maps show modeled maximum wave height (top) and travel time (lower) for the Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 26, 2004. Although the epicenter of the earthquake that triggered the tsunami was near the northern tip of Sumatra, the sea floor shifted along an arc stretching about 1200 km to the north....
Topics: Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Sri Lanka, Where -- Thailand, Where -- Somalia, Where -- Seychelles
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14404
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In late February 2008, Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park suffered a major blow when an accidental fire scorched a large section of the relatively small (188-square- kilometer) park. Located in central Kenya, the park is most famous for the flocks of flamingoes that congregate to graze on the cyanobacteria that thrive in the shallow, alkaline lake. But the surrounding marshes, woodlands, and savanna also provide habitat for some of Africa's famous large mammals, including white and black...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19637
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Western Europe continued to bake in late July 2006. Following an unusually warm spell earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13743 between July 12 and 19, temperatures across most of the region remained much warmer than normal. This image shows land surface (as opposed to air) temperatures collected from July 20-27, 2006, compared to the average temperatures for that period over the past six years (2000-2005). Places that were up to ten degrees Celsius warmer...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Belgium, Where -- Denmark, Where -- Ireland, Where -- Netherlands, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17094
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With sustained winds near 140 km per hour (87 mph), Tropical Cyclone Kalunde was situated well south and east of Diego Garcia in the center of the Indian Ocean. However, the latest forecasts suggest Kalunde will soon veer increasingly southward toward oblivion in the colder latitudes of the southern Indian Ocean. This true-color image of the storm was acquired on March 10, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Aqua satellite. The high-resolution image...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11021
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Cool winter weather probably contributed to the build-up of haze over Eastern China on December 15, 2004. Much of China relies on burning coal for winter heating and energy, and that produces the black aerosols that form the haze seen here. Fog has also moved over parts of the country, and the two events may be related. Sulfate particles emitted during burning provides hygroscopic sites for fog droplets to coalesce, making it easier for thick fogs to form over the region. In this image,...
Topic: Where -- China
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13939
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Blistering temperatures swept across Europe in mid-July 2006. Both Britain and Germany experienced their hottest July on record, reported the Associated Press. The heat is reflected in this land surface temperature image, made from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite between July 12 and July 19, 2006. Regions where land surface temperatures were warmer than the average temperatures during the...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Germany, Where -- France, Where -- Belgium, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17092
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Typhoon Halong continued to hover off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, on July 16, 2002. This modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from that date shows the storm draped over the northern portion of the island. The storm moved quickly up the coast of Japan, but still brought heavy rains and flooding, and disrupted trains and air traffic across Japan. The storm came within the same week as Typhoon Chataan, and the region is already looking ahead to the...
Topics: Where -- Japan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9871
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Northeast of Tucson, Arizona, the Aspen Fire (center) still had several actively burning regions on June 24, 2003. This modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite on that day shows active fire locations marked with red outlines. After six days of extreme fire conditions (high temperatures, gusty winds, low humidity), firefighters were predicted to get a break on Wednesday, with fire conditions becoming more moderate...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Arizona, Where -- New Mexico, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11563
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On September 20, 2006, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite caught the Suwanose-jima Volcano in the East China Sea in the process of emitting volcanic ash and steam. In this image, the volcano's emissions blow northward, gradually fanning out over the ocean. The volcanic plume's dingy hue distinguishes it from the nearby white clouds. www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=0802-03= Suwanose-jima is one of...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- East China Sea, Where -- China, Where -- Italy
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17414
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Tropical Cyclone Glenda formed off the northwestern coast of Australia on March 27, 2006. The storm quickly built into a powerful and well-defined cyclone during the next day. Powerful winds have whipped up surf along the coastline of Western Australia's Pilbara region, and the storm has brought heavy rains to the islands off the Kimberly coast. As of March 30, 2006, the storm had lost some power and was ranked as a powerful Category 4 storm, after having peaked the previous day. This...
Topics: What -- Spectrometer, What -- Earth, Where -- Australia
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16333
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A power failure left many American cities in the dark on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003. Authorities report there is no evidence of sabotage, although the cause of the blackout is not currently known. The North American Electric Reliability Council is currently focusing its investigation on the ''Lake Erie loop'' -- a series of power transmission lines encircling the lake from Detroit to New York and into Canada. There is some evidence that the loss of a power line in Cleveland, Ohio,...
Topics: What -- DMSP, Where -- New York, Where -- Canada, Where -- Ohio, Where -- Columbus, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11982
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Typhoon Longwang was a small but well-organized and powerful storm system when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this image at 12:50 p.m. local time, on September 27, 2005. At the time of this MODIS observation, Longwang was 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, and well away from any significant land mass. It was travelling roughly westward towards the Chinese...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Saipan, Where -- Northern Mariana Islands
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15596
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Tropical Cyclone Helen swirled just off the northern coast of Australia on January 4, 2008. The storm struck in a fairly sparsely settled part of Australia: the only major city, Darwin, is 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Channel Point, where the www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml Category 2 storm ultimately came ashore. Winds peaked around 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour) late on January 4. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Australia, Where -- Gulf of Carpentaria, Where -- Timor Sea
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19533
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A massive dust plume blew out of Saudi Arabia and over the Persian Gulf in mid-April 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite captured this image of the dust storm on April 18, 2008. In this image, the camel-colored dust plume blows in a counter-clockwise direction out of south-central Saudi Arabia, over the Gulf, and over Iran. The dust narrowly misses the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and leaves the eastern part...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Saudi Arabia, Where -- Persian Gulf, Where -- Iran, Where -- United Arab...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19813
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Tropical Cyclone 03B raked across southeast India's Andhra Pradesh state early on December 16, 2003. The storm brought 75 mile per hour winds, heavy rain, and cool temperatures, forcing nearly 20,000 people to flee their homes. As of December 17, officials had reported nine cyclone-related deaths, but media reports gave much higher figures. The storm destroyed homes, uprooted trees, and devastated crops. This true-color modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)...
Topic: Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12553
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/18000/18244/ranonggais_ast_2007101_lrg.jpg April 11, 2007 (468 kB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/18000/18244/ranonggais_ast_2006090_lrg.jpg March 31, 2006 (484 kB) The massive magnitude 8.1 earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17603 earthquake that jolted the Solomon Islands on April 1, 2007, permanently changed the shoreline on Ranongga Island, west of the epicenter. New beach was added to the western shore of...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18244
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Dozens of fires were burning on Cuba on April 3, 2004, and were detected by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite. The fire locations are marked in red. A few scattered fires were detected on the southern tip of Florida and on the Bahamas Islands as well. On Cuba, the widespread nature of the fires and the season suggests that these fires are being set intentionally for agricultural purposes. Though not necessarily...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Cuba, Where -- Florida, Where -- Bahamas, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12983
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16907/23-28june06_ne_rain.qt Quicktime (680 x 488; 5.2 MB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16907/23-28june06_ne_rain_small.qt Quicktime (224 x 160; 816 kB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16907/23-28june06_ne_rain_small.qt MPEG (224 x 160; 1.1 MB) Heavy rain triggered widespread flooding across the eastern United States from June 23 to June 27, 2006. The rains fell as a steady stream of very moist tropical air...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- United States of America, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16907
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On November 24, 2007, a fire started in Corral Canyon northwest of Malibu and was rapidly fanned into a large blaze by Santa Ana winds. Numerous homes were destroyed in the area, which is at the wildland-urban interface between the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite on November 24 shows the smoke plume trailing far out over the Pacific Ocean. The area in which...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19366
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A dust storm swept over the Red Sea on June 21, 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying onboard the www.aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this image the same day. Dust obscured the satellite's view of the Red Sea and the neighboring countries: Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia on the west, and Saudi Arabia and Yemen on the East. Most of Earth's dust storms arise in a few regions, including the Sahara and the Middle East. As desertification...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Red Sea, Where -- Sudan, Where -- Eritrea, Where -- Ethiopia, Where -- Saudi...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15041
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Dust plumes blew out of the Taklimakan Desert toward the east on April 8, 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying onboard the aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, the dust plumes appear as blurry beige swirls, concentrating in the east. White clouds fringe the desert's perimeter. Lying between the Tien Shan Mountains in the north and Kunlun Mountains in the south, the Taklimakan Desert is one of Earth's...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18229
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After the deadly tsunamis generated by the December 26, 2004, earthquake near Sumatra devastated the island of Sri Lanka off the southeastern tip of India, the waves continued westward and slammed into southeastern India, along a stretch of coastline called the Coromandel Coast. Cities, towns, and fishing villages up and down the coast of the state of Tamil Nadu were victims of the waves. This image from the Ikonos satellite shows the city of Chennai, a harbor city on the southeastern Indian...
Topics: Where -- Sri Lanka, Where -- Chennai, Where -- Thailand
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14412
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This prominent circular feature in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania has attracted attention since the earliest space missions because it forms a conspicuous bull's-eye in the otherwise rather featureless expanse of the Gres de Chinguetti Plateau in central Mauritania, northwest Africa. Described by some as looking like an outsized ammonite in the desert, the structure (which has a diameter of almost 50 kilometers (30 miles)) has become a landmark for space shuttle crews. Initially interpreted as...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Terra, Where -- Mauritania, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9262
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Skies in the north were mostly cloudy when NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite passed over California on June 30, 2008, but the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) sensor was able to get this cloud-free shot of Southern California showing fires burning south of Monterey. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fires are outlined in red. Smoke spreads north up the coast. The two fires pictured are among the largest of scores of fires burning in the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- California
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20104
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The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Namtheun churning in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. At the time this image was taken, Namtheun had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with gusts to 92 mph and was moving towards the northwest at 8 mph. Image courtesy Jesse Allen, earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA's Earth Observatory .
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Pacific Ocean
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13579
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Seemingly overnight, widespread biomass burning sprang up over the southern African countries of Democratic Republic of Congo (top), and Angola (bottom). This true-color modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on May 6, 2003, shows hundreds of fires (red dots) burning across the region. At bottom center is the broad valley and wetlands of the south-flowing Zambezi River. The high-resolution image provided above is 500...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Angola, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11411
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A large dust storm blew westward from the Aral Sea in late April 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite acquired this image on April 29, 2008. In this picture, beige plumes form a large arc that crosses the border between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Some clouds appear in the east, and they could be associated with the same weather system that kicked up the dust. Dry lake bed sediments provide plentiful material...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Aral Sea, Where -- Uzbekistan, Where -- Kazakhstan, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19853
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People living along Namibia's desert coast have long been familiar with the rotten egg smell that periodically emanates from the Atlantic Ocean. With an economy that is largely based on fishing, the locals are also used to seeing millions of fish die whenever the unpleasant scent fills the air. The smell and the fish die-off are caused by hydrogen sulfide erupting from decaying plants on the sea floor. In the southeast Atlantic Ocean, strong ocean currents carry nutrient-rich deep-ocean water...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13155
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The dust storm that plagued Iraq on August 8, 2005, and delayed constitution talks lingered over the region the next day. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying onboard the aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite took this picture on August 9, 2005. In this image, a pale beige cloud of dust several hundred kilometers across sweeps out of Iraq and over the Persian Gulf in the southeast. This dust storm was caused by a phenomenon known as a shamal (also called...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Iraq, Where -- Persian Gulf
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15244
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Dozens of fires were burning in the forested, hilly terrain of southeastern China on December 3, 2003. The fires were detected by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite, and their locations are marked in red in this image. To the northeast of the scene, haze is very thick over the coastline. Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- China, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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Chile's Chaiten Volcano continued releasing ash and steam on May 31, 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, the plume blows toward the east, fanning out as it goes. The white color of the plume suggests that it contains more water vapor than ash. The red outline at the volcanic summit is a where the satellite has detected unusually high surface temperatures. Clear...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19918
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To the northeast of Lake Chad, the former Saharan lake bed known as the Bodele Depression is possibly the world's biggest single source of windblown dust, and it produced another dust storm on December 11, 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying onboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, the dust appears as off-white wisps blowing toward the southwest. West of Lake Chad is another plume of --...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Chad, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17773
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The image above shows Tropical Storm Celia on July 21, 2004, in visible light, as you would perceive it from space. Located in the eastern north Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico, Celia has a small eye with an 80-90 percent closed eyewall. Celia briefly reached hurricane status on July 22 when sustained winds reached 75 miles per hour and gusts reached 92 mph, making it the first hurricane of the eastern north Pacific season. This image was acquired by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, What -- AIRS, What -- Aqua, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13557
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Numerous fires are burning in eastern Russia and on Sakhalin Island (left of center), and the smoke from these fires is drifting eastward out over the Sea of Okhotsk. In the high-resolution imagery, large burn scars stand out against the unburned vegetation. This image was acquired on May 18, 2002, by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite. Please note that the high-resolution scene provided here is 500 meters per...
Topics: What -- High Resolution Imager, What -- Terra, Where -- Russia, Where -- Sea of Okhotsk, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9637
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A dust storm formed over the South Aral Sea on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan on May 9, 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite took this picture the same day. As with a earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14249 larger storm that occurred just two days earlier, this dust storm arose from a few plumes west of the Aral Sea, but primarily from sediments around the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Aral Sea, Where -- Kazakhstan, Where -- Uzbekistan, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18359
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The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Ivan on September 5, 2004 at 13:30 UTC (9:30 AM EDT). At the time this image was taken Ivan was located approximately 1670 km (1040 miles) east of the Windward Islands and was moving towards the west near 33 km/hr (21 mph). Ivan had maximum sustained winds near 140 km/hr (85 mph) with higher gusts. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13838
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Typhoon Khanun was poised to make landfall on the coast of mainland China when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this image at 11:20 a.m. local time, on September 11, 2005. At the time of this MODIS observation, Khanun had sustained winds of 210 kilometers per hour (130 miles per hour). As Khanun moved in towards China, outflowing wind patterns from the storm pushed away polluted air ahead of it. In...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- China
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15523
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On March 10, 2007, thick plumes of dust blew off the west coast of Africa and over the Canary Islands. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, the tan dust strikes a strong contrast with the navy blue ocean. The dust plumes are thickest over the Canary Islands, almost thick enough to completely obscure the satellite's view of them. The dust plumes thin somewhat north...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18106
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Dry, drought-withered vegetation rings Lake Victoria in this vegetation anomaly image. The image shows large-scale plant health in eastern Africa. Regions that are drier than they were between 2000 and 2004 are brown, while areas with thicker, healthier vegetation are green. As the image illustrates, many countries in eastern Africa have been plunged into drought in recent months. In this region, drought means more than economic loss, for many it means famine. From Tanzania to Uganda, millions...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Victoria, Where -- Tanzania, Where -- Uganda,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13570
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Tropical Storm Wilma did not yet have a hurricane's typical well-organized spiral structure or powerful winds when this image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite at 2:15 p.m. local time, on October 17, 2005. At the time of this MODIS observation, Wilma was building in power and size and developing the shape and form of a full-fledged hurricane, a status it would achieve within the next day. Wilma...
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A series of tornadoes ripped through the Upper Midwest region of the United States in the evening of June 7, 2007. At least five different tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin, according to the Associated Press, one of which tore through the Bear Paw Resort in northern Wisconsin. Despite dropping as much as fifteen centimeters (six inches) of rain in some places and baseball-size hail in others, authorities were reporting no deaths attributable to the storm system, and only a smattering of...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Wisconsin, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18466
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Hurricane Wilma was a powerful Category 4 storm when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite took this image at 2:50 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, on October 20, 2005. The previous day, Wilma had surged from tropical storm to Category 5 hurricane in record time. Winds around the eyewall of the storm were raging at 280 kilometers per hour (175 miles per hour). National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Gulf of Mexico, Where -- Cuba, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15707
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A two-pronged plume of dust hovered over northeastern Afghanistan and neighboring countries in mid-June 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite took this picture on June 14, 2008. This natural-color image shows dust hovering over the borders between Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. Much lighter in color than the landscape below, the dust is thick enough to completely obscure the satellite's view of the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Afghanistan, Where -- Uzbekistan, Where -- Tajikistan, Where...
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/NaturalHazards/Archive/Mar2007/DeGrey_TMO_2007065_lrg.jpg March 6, 2007 (2.29 MB JPG) In the course of a week, the northern coast of Western Australia went from dry desert to riverine landscape under the onslaught of two successive tropical cyclones. Powerful earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14163 Cyclone George roared ashore on March 8, 2007, with winds gusting up to 275 kilometers per hour (170 miles per hour). The storm caused extensive damage,...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Visible Light, Where -- Australia, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Goddard...
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On the Island of Java, Indonesia, Mount Semeru released a volcanic plume on May 3, 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra took this picture the same day. This image shows the opaque, gray-beige plume blowing toward the west over the island of Java. Scattered around the volcano are bright white clouds. www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=0603-30= Semeru is a composed of alternating layers of solidified lava,...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Indonesia
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14410/khaolak_iko_2004364_lrg.jpg December 29, 2004 (1.3 MB JPEG) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14410/khaolak_iko_2003003_lrg.jpg eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14410/khaolak_iko_2003003_lrg.jpg January 3, 2003 (1.4 MB JPEG) The beaches of Khao Lak, Thailand were struck by a tsunami 2-3 hours after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake of December 26, 2004. Although 500 km away from the epicenter, the waves were 10...
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Dense smoke lingers over Southeast Asia in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) image, collected on March 30, 2005, by NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite. It is currently the dry season, a time when fire is common in Southeast Asia. Though several fires, marked with red dots, were detected when Terra flew over in the morning, the majority of the smoke was probably generated the previous day. During the day, hundreds of fires are set, so that by...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- The Valley, Where -- Laos, Where -- Thailand,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14346
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14588/harvey_TRM_2005038_lrg.jpg February 7, 2005 (771 kb) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14588/harvey_7feb05_0757_utc_pr_slice.jpg Vertical Cross Section (324 kb) Cyclone Harvey hit the northern coast Australia on Monday, February 7, 2005, near the border between the Northern Territory and Queensland along the Gulf of Carpentaria with wind gusts of up to 220 kph (132 mph). The storm was rated as a Category 3 Cyclone at landfall...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Imager, Where -- Australia, Where --...
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On December 8, 2007, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite captured this image of fires burning on Kangaroo Island, just off the coast of South Australia. Places where the sensor detected active fire are outlined in red. Thick, gray-brown smoke spreads eastward over Encounter Bay. According to news reports from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the fires, many of them burning in parks and conservations areas,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Australia, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/18000/18149/Harirud_TMO_2007065_lrg.jpg March 6, 2007 (5.3 MB JPG) Rivers across Afghanistan were running high on April 2, 2007, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured the top image. The extensive flooding was triggered by weeks of late-winter and early-spring rain combined with melting snow. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Visible Light, Where -- Afghanistan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
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On October 27, 2002, the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this true-color image of the eruption of Europe's largest and most active volcano, Mt. Etna, on the island of Sicily. The volcano's thermal signature was detected by MODIS and is marked with a red dot. On the northern slopes of the volcano, the thermal signature detected could be a forest fire caused by the eruption. A long, grayish-brown plume of...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10376
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/19000/19186/moldovandvia_tmo_2007209_lrg.jpg July 28 - August 12, 2007 (5.1 MB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/19000/19186/moldovandvia_tmo_2007241_lrg.jpg August 29 - September 13, 2007 (5.6 MB) ''Moldova's 2007 drought has been the most severe in living memory,' said the United Nations World Food Program in a www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/YSAR-77DR9F?OpenDocument&rc=4&cc=mda special report issued on September 25, 2007. The...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Moldova, Where --...
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On Tuesday, July 20, 2004, the temperatures in Tokyo, Japan, hit a record-breaking 39.5 degrees Celsius (103.1 Fahrenheit), the hottest temperature ever recorded since records began in 1923, according to a http://www.terradaily.com/2004/040720111656.3mvtgiy1.html TerraDaily news report. This image of average land surface temperatures across the islands between July 11 and July 18 shows how temperatures around the urban areas on the largest Japanese island, Honshu, climbed toward 40 degrees...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Tokyo, Where -- Japan, Where -- California
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Several fires were burning in western Cuba on May 7, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this image. The fires, outlined in red, generated a thick plume of smoke, which drifted north over the Florida Keys. Fire is used extensively as an agricultural tool in Cuba, but natural forest fires occur as well. Fire season runs from March to May in Cuba, and ends when the rainy season begins in May....
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Cuba, Where -- Florida, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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Tendrils of dust blew westward across the Caspian Sea on September 26, 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite captured this image of the area on the same day. In this image, two plumes of dust appear. The larger, fainter plume stretches across the body of water, part of it curling back toward the northeast midway through its journey. The smaller, thicker plume of dust blows off the Cheleken Peninsula toward...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Caspian Sea, Where -- Turkmenistan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19149
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In northern Africa south of the Sahara Desert, the landscape transitions into a sparse, semi-arid savanna known as the Sahel, and then into more humid savannas farther south. Across the region, extensive agricultural-related burning takes place each year for several months during the Northern Hemisphere fall and winter. People set thousands of fires to clear brush, burn off crop stubble, and renew pasture grasses. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Gulf of Guinea, Where -- Guinea, Where -- Goddard Space...
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A human-caused fire in the Coast Range Mountains of northern California started on October 10, 2004, and had burned more than 34,000 acres as of October 13, according to information provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Website. Called the Rumsey Fire, the blaze is burning in rugged, inaccessible terrain, which cannot be reached by fire engines. Ground crews and aircraft are battling the blaze amid thick smoke and high winds. This image of the Rumsey Fire was...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- California, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
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Sicily's Mt.Etna is erupting for the fourth straight day, and small earthquakes continue to rumble in the region, causing the evacuation of at least 1,000 people according to news reports. Reports indicate that lava flows are slowing, and no communities appear to be in danger, although tourist facilities farther up the mountain experienced some losses. This true-color image from the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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An extra-tropical low pressure system swirls over the Baltic States in this image, captured by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) on July 30, 2004. Along the top of the image, a splash of bright blue colors the waters of the Barents Sea, north of Norway. The color is caused by a large phytoplankton bloom, which are common in the region during the summer. It's not clear what kind of plant is causing the bloom, but the brightness of the color suggests coccolithophores, a type of...
Topics: Where -- Barents Sea, Where -- Norway
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/15000/15685/ne_floods_7oct-14oct05_small.qt QuickTime (.qt) format (714 kB) Rain was still falling a full week after a wet weather front moved up the U.S. East Coast. The rain had not abated when this image was created using data collected by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission trmm.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (TRMM) satellite between October 7 and October 14, 2005. The image shows rainfall totals in colors ranging from blue, lightest totals, to orange, the...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- New Jersey, Where -- Jersey, Where --...
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Nearly every year in the late spring, ice blocks the flow of water at the mouth of the Lena River in northeastern Russia and gives rise to floods across the Siberian plains. The image above is a flood map of the river created by the Dartmouth Flood Observatory. The dark blue in the image demarcates the river, which was mapped using data from the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite. The floods, which are depicted in a lighter blue, were...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- QuikSCAT, What -- Atlas, Where -- Russia, Where -- Laptev Sea
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A tropical easterly wave contributed to heavy rains and flooding over much of Costa Rica. The hardest hit areas were along the Caribbean coastline and the Caribbean slope, and the heaviest rains fell on the May 10, 2004. At least 2000 people were forced to leave their homes and one man drowned as a result of the flooding. The TRMM-based, near-real time Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (MPA) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center monitors rainfall over the global tropics. MPA rainfall...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- Costa Rica, Where -- Goddard Space...
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Typhoon Kalmaegi was grazing the Pacific-facing coast of Taiwan in the morning hours of July 17, 2008. The www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml Category 2 typhoon raised alarms on land and sea. The Central Weather Bureau in Taipei, Taiwan's capital, forecasted that the storm would bring high winds and heavy rain to the island throughout the day. The storm was predicted to touch land briefly at the island's northern tip before crossing the straits between Taiwan and China. This natural-color...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Taiwan, Where -- Taipei, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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Southeast Asia's rainy season came to an early end in October 2004, and since that time, little rain has fallen on the Indochina Peninsula and parts of southern China. The dry spell has launched the region into the worst drought it has seen in years, with wells and reservoirs drying, crops withering, and, for some, food shortages. The effects of the drought are clearly visible in this image, generated from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- China, Where -- Vietnam, Where -- Laos, Where...
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Australians celebrate December 26 (a national holiday called Boxing Day) in a number of ways. One is the annual start to one of the sailing world's premier events: the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Unlike many other major sailing events, the race is not restricted to a single class of sailing vessel, leading to a complex handicap system under which boats of different sizes are scored differently. The most highly sought after prize is line honours for being the first across the finish line in...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Sydney, Where -- Bass Strait, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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The Seychelles are a chain of islands stretching out north of Madagascar off the eastern coast of Africa. On December 20, 2006, these islands were on alert for the very intense tropical cyclone Bondo, which was predicted to strike the islands in the early hours of the next day. Cyclone Bondo was a www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with sustained winds as high as 222 kilometers per hour (138 miles per hour), according to the Reuters news service. This...
Topics: What -- QuikSCAT, What -- Coriolis, Where -- Seychelles, Where -- Madagascar, Where -- Jet...
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/19000/19288/Tabasco_TMO_2007278_lrg.jpg October 5, 2007 (4.47 MB JPG) Floods in southern Mexico had started to recede on November 6, 2007, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS )on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured the top image. The lower image, from October 5, 2007, shows Tabasco, Mexico, before the floods started. Tabasco is a low-lying state, and even under normal circumstances, water...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Visible Light, What -- MEX, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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Hundreds of fires were burning in eastern Africa south of the Sahara Desert in mid-December 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite captured this image centered on southern Sudan on December 15, and locations where the sensor detected actively burning fires are marked in red. The fires are most abundant along the border of Sudan with the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of these...
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/18000/18492/Bangladesh_AMO_2007121_lrg.jpg May 1, 2007 (3.11 MB JPG) A large portion of Bangladesh was awash with floods when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured the top image on August 3, 2007. The low-lying nation is an alluvial delta, and therefore, is extremely prone to flooding. In July 2007, heavy monsoon rains filled the Brahmaputra, Padma, and Meghna...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Visible Light, What -- Earth, Where -- Bangladesh, Where -- Nepal, Where --...
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Under the one-two punch of a dry fall and a frigid winter, winter crops in Ukraine were in poor condition in April and May 2006. This vegetation anomaly (difference from normal) image was created from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite. Widespread brown indicates that plants throughout the region had grown less compared to the average growth for 2000-2005. The Foreign Agricultural Service, a...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Ukraine, Where -- Maryland, Where -- Russia
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Dust plumes lingered over the Middle East on February 22, 2008, one day after intense dust storms formed over Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and smaller storms blew off the coasts of Yemen and Oman. This image is a composite of observations by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra and aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellites. In this image, thick dust plumes blow southward off the coasts of Pakistan, Iran, Oman, and Yemen. Some dust...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Persian Gulf, What -- Aqua, Where -- Iran, Where -- Afghanistan, Where --...
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Winds in excess of 30 miles per hour blew across most of the midwestern United States on April 18, 2004. This true-color scene shows a large dust storm blowing from eastern Colorado into western Kansas, as a result of the strong winds, measured at near hurricane force in this region. According to news reports, the storm reduced visibility at the surface to less than a mile and contributed to a number of car accidents in the region, including a 17-car pileup near Burlington, CO. This image was...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Colorado, Where -- Kansas, Where --...
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/15000/15526/shipisland_ast_04jun05_15m.jpg June 4, 2005 (1.6 MB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/15000/15526/shipisland_ast_22apr01_15m.jpg April 22, 2001 (1.2 MB) A fringe of barrier islands line the coast of Mississippi, protecting the mainland from the pounding waves of most ocean storms, but the islands could not shelter the mainland from Hurricane Katrina's exceptionally powerful storm surge. The battering waves ate away at the islands,...
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Super Typhoon Sepat came ashore in Taiwan on August 17, 2007, after bringing torrential rain and flooding to the Philippines the day before. Flights to and from Tapei, the island's capital, were canceled and Chinese authorities were calling all ships at sea to come back to shore in anticipation of the powerful typhoon, said news reports. The typhoon was classified as www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml Category 5 typhoon, the very top of the scale, with sustained winds of 184 kilometers per hour...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Taiwan, Where -- Philippines, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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The satellite image shows the swirling clouds associataed with the low-pressure system. This image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) on the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite on February 1, 2006, at 01:50 UTC (10:50 a.m. local time). In the southern hemisphere, low-pressure systems develop spiral patterns that wind clockwise around the center of the system because of the rotation of the Earth. (Low-pressure systems spin counter-clockwise...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Australia
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16030