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Disaster Updates

  • March 15, 2018
    The NASA Earth Science Division (ESD), Applied Sciences Program solicits proposals for user-centric applications research enabling risk-informed decisions and actions. Please review the entire Disasters Program Element Appendix here:...
  • March 7, 2018
    To map the spatial extent of the Montecito mudflows that occurred on 9th January 2018, east of Santa Barbara we used optical...
    Optical images acquired by Planet Labs’ dove satellite constellation
  • February 17, 2018
    Interferogram from modified Copernicus Sentinel-1 SAR data acquired 2018/02/17 and 02/05 shows earthquake fault slip on subduction megathrust beneath coast caused up to 40 cm of uplift of the ground surface. Interferometric SAR (InSAR) analysis was automatically performed by Caltech-JPL ARIA data system. Main image shows motion towards satellite (up and west) in radar line-of-sight direction....
    Motion towards satellite (up and west) in radar line-of-sight direction.
  • February 17, 2018
    Rewrapped Sentinel-1 Interferogram for the M7.2 Pinotepa de Don Luis, Mexico earthquake from Feb 16, 2018.  Ascending Sentinel-1 SAR interferogram rewrapped to 10cm color contours of line-of-sight surface deformation. The frame was processed automatically by the UAF SARVIEWS processing service (http://sarviews-hazards.alaska.edu/). Sentinel-1 data...
    SARs image of the Oaxaca Mexico Earthquake.
  • February 9, 2018
    Extreme winter rains in January 2018 following the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties caused severe debris flows, destroying 73 homes and damaging over 160 structures in the town on Montecito, just east of Santa Barbara. NASA UAVSAR airborne radar platform detected changes caused by the debris flows between two images acquired on November 2, 2017 and February 5, 2018. An enhanced...
    UAVSAR image of Montecito debris flows.

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

March 15, 2018

Tropical Storm Eliakim
The storm reached northern Madagascar in mid-March.

March 9, 2018

Sediment Plume off the Louisiana Coast
A pulse of flood water from the central United States spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

March 6, 2018

Shinmoedake Erupts
In March 2018, a volcano on the Japanese island of Kyushu erupted explosively.

February 26, 2018

Flooding in the Central and Southern U.S.
In late February 2018, heavy rains gave rise to damaging floods along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

February 20, 2018

Violent Blast from Sinabung
The Indonesian volcano blew a chunk of its peak into the sky, dropping ash across tens of kilometers and sending up a sulfur dioxide plume.