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September 16, 2020
 NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of Sally at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Sept. 16 about 8 hours after landfall in southern Alabama. Sally then continued a slow trek through Alabama. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information S
Hurricane Sally made landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama the morning of September 16th, bringing heavy rainfall and flooding to the regions The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program has activated in support of the event, and is working to determine what NASA resources and capabilities may be available to aid response and recovery. The Program is providing routine support at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is making Earth observing data products for Hurricane Sally available on the...

 

September 1, 2020
NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of the United States on Sep. 15, 2020, showing the fires in the West, the smoke from those fires drifting over the country, several hurricanes converging from different angles, and Hurricane Sally makin
As record-setting fires continue to ravage the western United States, with large fire complexes currently burning in California, Oregon, Washington State, and Colorado, coordinators and scientists from the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program are hard at work developing maps, imagery and analysis to aid local agencies and response teams in understanding the impacts from the fires and the potential risks to people, infrastructure, and the environment....

 

August 26, 2020
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard the NOAA-20 satellite acquired this image of Hurricane Laura at 7:20 a.m. CDT on August 26, 2020. Clouds are shown in infrared using brightness temperature data, which is useful for distinguish
Hurricane Laura began as a tropical depression on August 21st near the U.S. Virgin Islands, and over the next several days rapidly intensified to a dangerous category 4 hurricane at it moved towards the U.S. Gulf Coast. Laura made landfall as category 4 hurricane near Cameron, Louisiana shortly after midnight on August 27, 2020, bringing extreme rainfall, storm surge, and winds up to 150 mph. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard the NOAA-20 satellite acquired this...

 

August 16, 2020
NASA’s Terra satellite captured this imagery showing smoke from the California fires covering a region approximately 1,214 miles wide on August 20th, 2020. The visible smoke imagery is overlaid with active fire detections in red, derived from NASA MODIS t
Click here to see the latest updates from the Western U.S. Fires Since August 16th, 2020, California has been experiencing major, sustained wildfires across much of the state. These fires were caused by a large number of lightning strikes in the region, and have been exacerbated by a historic heatwave. Smoke from the fires has traveled across much of the United States, impacting the air quality in areas from California all the way to Minnesota and Nebraska. As of August 27th, media reports indicate that roughly 1.3 million acres have burned and 175,000...

 

August 4, 2020
NASA's ARIA team with the Earth Observatory of Singapore, used satellite data to map the extent of likely damage following a massive explosion in Beirut. Dark red pixels represent the most severe possible damage. Areas in orange could be moderately damage
A major explosion occurred on August 4, 2020, in the port city of Beirut in Lebanon. News reports indicate that the explosion caused numerous fatalities and injuries and damaged many buildings for miles around.  News reports also state the explosion was caused by 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate, which is roughly equivalent to 1100 tons of TNT.  NASA's ARIA team with the Earth Observatory of Singapore, used satellite data to map the extent of likely damage...

 

August 3, 2020
Hurricane Isaias traveling northwest between Cuba and the Bahamas on Friday, July 31, 2020, as seen from the International Space Station. Credits: NASA/Astronaut Col. Doug Hurley
The NASA Earth Applied Science Disasters Program has activated for Hurricane Isaias to provide support to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and US Southern Command.  Tropical Storm Isaias formed in the eastern Caribbean the evening of Wednesday, July 29, 2020, bringing heavy rainfall and winds to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before developing into a Category 1 hurricane as it approached the Bahamas early on Friday, July 31. Isaias weakened on Saturday afternoon to a tropical storm as it continued up the eastern coast of Florida. Tropical Storm Isaias is...

 

July 25, 2020
In this image, captured on August 11th, 2020, by the European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite mission, the MV Wakashio oil tanker, visible in the bottom of the image, is stranded close to the wetland area of Pointe d’Esny. Spilled oil i
On July 25, 2020, the oil tanker MV Wakashio, reported to be carrying nearly 4,000 metric tons of oil, ran aground on a coral reef on the island of Mauritius’s southeast coast. According to media reports, more than 1,000 metric tons of fuel have leaked from the cracked vessel into the Indian Ocean – polluting the nearby coral reefs, as well as the surrounding beaches and lagoons. In this image, captured on August 11th, 2020, by the European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-2...

 

July 3, 2020
This false color composite of data collected by the European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel 2 satellite on July 4th, 2020, shows potentially flooded areas (circled in yellow) around Yopal, Colombia. Water is shown in blue, while vegetated areas ar
Major flooding has occurred in several areas of Colombia around July 3rd to 5th, 2020. According to the International Disasters Charter, over 1200 families in the region have been affected with at least 121 being evacuated. In addition, local authorities have estimated that 1600 hectares of crops have been destroyed. This false color composite of data...

 

July 3, 2020
The Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, in collaboration with the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), created this Damage Proxy Map (DPM) dep
The International Disasters Charter has been activated by the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) for flooding in Japan in July 2020. Per the Charter Activation, heavy rainfall has caused flooding and landslides on the Island of Kyushu, Japan. At least 16 people are reported to have been killed and 12 reported missing. The prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima have been worst hit, with rivers breaking their banks and washing away homes,...

 

June 23, 2020
This map produced from JAXA ALOS-2 satellite data shows surface displacement caused by the 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Mexico. Credit: NASA, JAXA, Sang-Wan Kim, Batu Osmanoglu, and Min-Jeong Jo
Versión en Español On June 23rd, 2020 a magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurred near Oaxaca, Mexico, damaging buildings and prompting evacuations in the region. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami warning, with waves of 0.68 meters (2.2 ft) observed in Acapulco and 0.71 meters (2.3 ft) in Salina Cruz. This map, produced from JAXA ALOS-2 satellite data acquired before (3/31/2020) and after (6/23/2020)...

 

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