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Disaster Updates

About the NASA Disasters Program

The Disasters Applications area promotes the use of Earth observations to improve prediction of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from natural and technological disasters. Disaster applications and applied research on natural hazards support emergency preparedness leaders in developing mitigation approaches, such as early warning systems, and providing information and maps to disaster response and recovery teams.


Earth Observatory

June 21, 2018

Southern Soaker
A tropical system dumps nearly a foot of water over many parts of southeastern Texas.

June 20, 2018

Superior Sediment
After torrential downpours hit parts of northern Michigan and Wisconsin, swollen rivers sent sediment pouring into the Great Lake.

June 19, 2018

Massive Amounts of Rain in Michigan
In a matter of hours, torrential rainfall caused historic damage.

June 15, 2018

Rain Soaks the Empty Quarter
Rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Mekunu dropped enough rain over the Arabian Peninsula to form lakes between the sand dunes in the Rub’ al-Khali.

June 13, 2018

Waves of Dust Over the Red Sea
Gravity waves in the atmosphere were made visible by dust blowing from the Sahara Desert.