Latest Disasters

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 27, 2017
Mt. Agung Volcano Monitoring
The NASA Disasters Program is currently monitoring the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian Island of Bali.  Numerous earthquakes in the region have prompted evacuations of over 50,000 people from the area surrounding the volcano.  The volcano has been shaking since August, and is threatening eruption for the first time in over 50 years.  The last time Agung erupted, in 1963-64, the blast was compatible to the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens, causing over 1,000 fatalities...

 

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...

 

August 21, 2017
GPM IMERG precipitation totals for Hurricane Harvey from August 21st - August 27th 2017.
NASA’s Earth Science Disaster Response Team continues to work with interagency remote sensing specialists on the interpretation of NASA and partner-derived products designed to capture the extent of coastal surge and inland riverine flooding throughout the areas impacted by the landfall and torrential, record-setting rains of Hurricane Harvey. NASA and partnering scientists will work with state and federal agency partners to assess the usefulness of imagery and products, look for opportunities to improve the quality, interpretation, and use of products, and support scientific studies on...

 

August 9, 2017
ISS Georeferenced Digital Camera Images from Montenegro Wildfires 2017
Following extended high July temperatures and dry conditions along the coast of Montenegro and strong winds, wildfires spread across the Lustica peninsula. Several cities and towns were threatened by the fires including Podgorica (capital of Montenegro) Herceg Novi, and Tivat leading to evacuations of tourists and residents alike. Wildfires subsequently extended further along the Adriatic coastline, moving into neighboring Croatia. NASA remote sensing systems on The International Space Station (ISS) respond to International Disaster Charter events on a “best effort” basis, together with other...

 

August 8, 2017
ISS Georeferenced Digital Camera Images from Venezuela flooding 2017
Several days of heavy rainfall led to widespread flooding in the eastern Venezuela states of Delta Amacuro, Boliver, and Merida. Residential areas along the Orinoco and Caroni Rivers were flooded. An estimated 15,000 people were affected by the flooding , with hundreds evacuated from impacted areas.

 

June 6, 2017
Aerial photograph of wildfires in South Africa from June 7, 2017.
Aerial photograph of wildfires in South Africa from June 7, 2017. Credit: SA Red Cross Air Mercy Services  The Knysna Wildfire began the evening of June 6, 2017 and by June 7, consisted of 26 fires. These fires were fanned towards residential areas by strong winds from a cyclone to the west. The towns of Belvidere, Breonton-on-Sea, and Rheenendal were evacuated after news that a family of three passed away in the fire on June 6. The smoke observed by MISR on June 7 was...

 

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