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January 9, 2018
NOAA Graphic of Winter Storms with cloud cover
Heavy rains and flooding in recently burned areas of Southern California have triggered severe mudslides on slopes that have been denuded of vegetation, causing waist deep mudflows. Wildfires in December, including the Thomas Fire, swept through the area burning vegetation that helps prevent flooding and landslides. Thousands have been evacuated from their homes, there have been 13 confirmed fatalities, and at least 163 injuries.  Boulders the size of cars have rolled...

 

January 4, 2018
Satellite image of Winter Storm
GOES Image from NOAA A severe winter storm, or “bomb cyclone” is creating blizzard-like snow and wind conditions on the East Coast of the United States.  The storm rapidly intensified into one of the most powerful winter storms in more than 40 years when a surge of moist ocean air moved north to meet a frigid blast of Arctic air.  The storm has brought frigid temperatures, snow, and ice as far south as Florida. 

 

December 7, 2017
Satellite Image showing Smoke Clouds
Image from NASA Earth Observatory Another round of severe wildfires began burning in Southern California on December 5, 2017.  These fires have prompted mass evacuations and consumed over 90,000 acres and 150 structures, and threated thousands of others.  Key infrastructure and densely populated areas are threatened as the Santa Ana winds continue to fuel the fast moving fires.  The NASA Disasters Program is closely monitoring these fires to determine how we may support.  ...

 

November 21, 2017
Mt. Agung Volcano Monitoring
The NASA Disasters Program is continuing to closely monitor the Mt. Agung volcano on the Indonesian Island of Bali.  Eruptions of the volcano on November 21st and 25th followed numerous earthquakes in the region.  Currently over 29,000 people have been evacuated from the area surrounding the volcano, and the island’s main airport has been closed.  The last time Agung erupted, in 1963-64, the blast was comparable to the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, causing over 1,000...

 

November 9, 2017
Satelite Image of Typhoon Damrey
acquired November 3, 2017 Overview/Description: Typhoon Damrey (known in the Philippines as Severe Tropical Storm Ramil) affected Vietnam during early November.  Damrey rapidly intensified into a typhoon on November 3rd, and reached its peak strength as a Category 2 storm on the same day.  Damrey made landfall over Khánh Hoà Vietnam on November 4th, and rapidly weakened, dissipating on November 5th.  Damrey was the strongest typhoon to strike South-Central Vietnam since...

 

October 9, 2017
Satellite imagery of the 2017 California wildfires.
Wildfires began burning in numerous counties across the entire state of California on October 9th.  These fires have prompted mass evacuations, over 190,000 acres and 1,500 structures have been burned.  Key infrastructure is threatened as strong winds continue to fuel the fast moving fires.  As many as 18 fires have burned in nine counties, and an estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated. 

 

September 19, 2017
Hurricane Maria GPM overpass.
Hurricane Maria is a powerful category 5 storm that made landfall Monday (September 19th) night with a direct impact on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean / West Indies causing significant damage to structures. The hurricane is currently traveling West-Northwest towards Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands at 9 knots, 10 MPH with maximum sustained winds of 150 knots/160 MPH. NASA is coordinating across other federal and state agencies including FEMA and the National Guard Bureau to determine what satellite assets, products, and other information could support the operational response and...

 

September 19, 2017
Mexico City Earthquake 2017
Image Credit: USGS (https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us2000ar20#shakemap) On September 19th a 7.1 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Puebla state of Mexico, approximately 75 miles from Mexico City. It impacted a large expanse of the country and caused over 200 fatalities and 1300 injuries. Extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure has also been reported  As...

 

September 8, 2017
Intensity map of the Sept 8 Mexico Earthquake.
A M 8.1 offshore Chiapas Mexico occurred at 2017-09-08 04:49:21 UT. This was an intermediate depth earthquake with an estimated source depth of approximately 70 km. This was the largest of 9 earthquakes M7.0 and larger within 250 km in the past century. The largest reported shaking by USGS Did you feel it? was MMI VIII (Moderate-Heavy Shaking) roughly 200 km from the epicenter. There was an initial tsunami warning, but the threat has now passed (http://www.tsunami.gov/). There have been at least 20 M4 or greater aftershocks in the region. For more details...

 

September 1, 2017
GPM data from hurricane Irma on 9/5/17
NASA’s Earth Science Disaster Response Team program is actively engaged in interagency coordination activities surrounding Hurricane Irma’s impacts and longer-term recovery. Efforts are focused on supporting post-event assessments, including coordinating with partners across South Florida, development of post-event products from multiple satellite assets, and facilitating airborne data acquisition requests. NASA imagery will also continue to be used longer-term by scientists who will likely examine some of the longer-term impacts to the area’s vegetation and ecosystems, along with impacts...

 

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