Latest Responses

January 24, 2020
On Friday January 24th, 2020 a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey. NASA's Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program is monitoring the situation to identify potential stakeholders and determine what NASA resources and capabilities, if any, may be available to support response and recovery for the event. Click here to view previous earthquake responses from the NASA Disasters Program.


January 10, 2020
This photograph from the International Space Station (ISS) on January 4th 2020 shows smoke from the Australian fires blanketing the southeast coast and spreading over the Tasmanian sea. Credit: NASA
The NASA Disasters Program has activated response efforts for the fires in Australia. NASA is assisting the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to improve air quality forecasts using relevant Earth-observing data from CALIPSO, Suomi-NPP, Terra and other NASA and partner missions. The Disasters Program is cataloging NASA capabilities and is strategically examining how to best inform short and long-term impacts and risks from the fires associated with air quality, aviation, wildlife and ecosystems, and climate dynamics....


January 7, 2020
This map shows ground changes, or displacement, on the eastern two-thirds of Puerto Rico following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake. The ground shifted up to 5.5 inches (14 centimeters) in a downward and slightly west direction. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech, ESA, U
Since December 28th, 2019 the island of Puerto Rico has been affected by a series of hundreds of small earthquakes, which culminated in a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake on the morning of Tuesday, January 7th (Source: This Tuesday Earthquake caused widespread damage to infrastructure in a region that is still recovering from the effects of 2017’s Hurricane Maria, leaving more than 2,000 people in shelters, nearly 1 million without power and hundreds...


January 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 Flood Proxy Map (FPM). Der
Monsoon rains in Indonesia have caused flooding  and landslides in the capital Jakarta and surrounding regions, resulting in the deaths of 43 people as of Friday January 3rd, 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 Flood Proxy Map (FPM). Derived from synthetic aperture radar data...


December 2, 2019
Suomi-NPP image of Typhoon Kammuri from December 4th, 2019. 
Typhoon Kammuri made landfall in the Philippines on December 2nd 2019 as a Category 4 storm, bringing high winds and flooding rainfall. The NASA Disasters Program is aiding response and recovery efforts by providing Copernicus Sentinel-1 water extent maps and damage proxy maps of the region.  Suomi-NPP image of Typhoon Kammuri from December 4th, 2019. 


October 11, 2019
On Oct. 9, 2019, NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Super typhoon Hagibis and captured this visible image of the storm. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)
Typhoon Hagibis formed over the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6 in the Philippine Sea near Guam. In less than a day, wind speeds increased by 100 miles per hour as Hagibis grew from a tropical storm to a super typhoon equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane. Hagibis reached super typhoon status on Oct. 7 by 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC).  Japan is preparing for a possible landfall as the storm, located some 350 miles south of Yokosuka, continues to track north-northwest. "Super-typhoon" is a term utilized by the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center for typhoons that reach maximum sustained 1-minute surface...


August 24, 2019
On Aug. 27 at 1:35 p.m. EDT (1735 UTC) the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua provided a visible look at Tropical Storm Dorian as it moved over the Leeward Islands. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)
Dorian formed as a tropical depression on Saturday, Aug. 24 about 805 miles (1,300 km) east-southeast of Barbados. By 5 p.m. EDT that day, the depression strengthened into a tropical storm and was named Dorian. On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, the National Hurricane Center or NHC noted that a Hurricane Watch is in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samana....


July 18, 2019
Active wildfires in Alaska on July 14th, 2019 detected by the MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)
The state of Alaska has experienced multiple wildfires in the summer of 2019, with the most wildfires and the largest acreage burned in the U.S. this season to date. The majority of these blazes are caused by lightning strikes according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center as of July 15, 2019.  But coming a very close second are fires caused by humans. The fires are exhibiting active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, flanking and backing. Numerous structures are threatened.  The NASA Disasters Program is working with the Senate Committee on Energy...


July 10, 2019
GPM Core Observatory rainfall rates from Tropical Storm Barry captured July 11th, 2019 at 8:26am CT. Credit: Jacob Reed / NASA GSFC
Tropical Storm Barry formed the morning of July 11th, 2019 in the Gulf of Mexico, and was upgraded to a hurricane on July 12th. Tropical Storm Warnings and Hurricane Watches are up for portions of the Gulf of Mexico. The NHC is forecasting Barry to be a Category 1 hurricane at landfall. Current forecast and numerical weather guidance indicates potentially 20”+ of rain in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. The NASA Disatsers Program is in contact with FEMA and the National Gaurd to provide NASA satellite and airborne science products as needed to aid in response in recovery. 


July 9, 2019
NASA's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team created this co-seismic Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) map, which shows surface displacement caused by the recent major earthquakes in Southern California, including the magnitude 6.
On July 4th, 2019, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck to the northeast of the California town of Ridgecrest, which was a foreshock for a larger magnitude 7.1 earthquake nearby on July 5th. The area affected includes a previously unmapped fault whose slippage generated surface ruptures and damaged homes and businesses.  The Disasters Program has activated to Tier 2 in support of the Southern California Earthquakes on July 4 & 5. The NASA Disasters Program is providing support to the California Earthquake Clearinghouse, which is coordinating efforts with the California Air...