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October 9, 2018
ISS photo of Hurricane Michael
At approximately 1:30 p.m. EDT on October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida. Wind speeds were estimated to be 155 miles (250 kilometers) per hour, which would make the category 4 hurricane the strongest on record to hit the Florida Panhandle. The storm has already destroyed homes and knocked out electric power in the area. Forecasters expect Michael to bring heavy winds and rain to the southeastern United States for several days. NASA Earth Science is bringing all relevant observations and science expertise to bear on Hurricane Michael before, during, and...

 

September 28, 2018
Credit: USGS
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami occurred just off Sulawesi island in Indonesia on Friday September 28, 2018. The deadly earthquake and tsunami have left at least 844 people dead with fear that the death toll will continue to rise. Dozens of people may be underneath the rubble of one hotel alone, the Roa-Roa in the devastated resort of Palu, Indonesia. The region of Donggala, north of Palu and close to the epicenter of the earthquake is of particular concern. The region comprises nearly 300,000 people....

 

September 13, 2018
On September 14, 2018, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired a natural-color image of Mangkhut just after midday.
In the early hours of September 15, 2018, Super Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) blew into Cagayan Province near the northern tip of Luzon, one of the most populated of the Philippine islands. Local reports described wind speeds of 205 kilometers (130 miles) per hour. The storm stretched nearly 900 kilometers (600 miles) across, with an eye 50 kilometers (30 miles) wide. It is the strongest tropical cyclone in any ocean basin so far this year. On September 14, 2018, the Visible...

 

September 7, 2018
Photograph of Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on 9/12/2018 at ~600 miles from Southeast U.S. coastline.
UPDATE 9/17/18:  Remnants of Hurricane Florence are now a post-tropical cyclone moving over the Mid-Atlantic states.  To date the storm has caused approximately 25 deaths.  Tens of thousands of homes in the Southeast, including the Carolinas have been damaged as floodwaters continue to rise, and numerous communities, including the City of Wilmington, NC are cut off by the floodwaters.  Search and rescue operations are continuing, and thousands of people remain in shelters.  NASA Scientists have begun to map the floodwaters by aircraft using Synthetic Aperture...

 

September 5, 2018
ARIA Damage Proxy Map of the Hokkaido, Japan earthquake comparing data from before (August 23, 2018) and after (September 6, 2018) the earthquake. 
A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s northern-most island of Hokkaido on September 5, 2018. The earthquake's epicenter was near Tomakomai and occurred at a depth of 33.4 kilometers (20.8 mi.) The earthquake disrupted electrical service throughout Hokkaido, leaving 5.3 million residents without power. Currently, 44 people have been confirmed dead and around 640 people were injured.  ARIA Damage Proxy Map of the Hokkaido, Japan earthquake comparing data from before (...

 

August 27, 2018
A volcano on Papua New Guinea’s Manam Island recently erupted sending around 2,000 of the Island’s 9,000 inhabitants to safer ground early Saturday morning.  The eruption began at 6am local time, sending an ash column more than 15km above sea level, according to the Rabaul Volcano Observatory (RVO).  Ash falls from the eruption were so dense that sunlight was blocked for hours and trees broke under their weight.  Although the current eruption appears to be over, a new vent indicated that further volcanic activities are expected.  No casualties have been reported.  ...

 

August 22, 2018
MODIS image of Hurricane Lane
A hurricane warning is in effect for Hawaii’s Big Island, an Maui according to the National Weather Service as the threat of heavy rain flash flooding and high surf as Hurricane Lane heads toward the state.  The hurricane has weakened slightly to a Category 4 storm, but it remains a threat to the entire island chain.  Rain associated with the hurricane has started to show up on radar off the Big Island and offshore buoys were detecting higher and normal wave heights.  Tropical storm force winds are expected to begin as early as Wednesday evening on the Big Island. ...

 

August 22, 2018
The Multispectral Instrument on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite acquired this image (bands 11-8-3) on August 22, 2018, after flood water had inundated the area. The images are false-color, which makes flood water appear dark blue. Vegetat
Severe floods, which began in July 2018 have affected the south Indian state of Kerala due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season.  This has been the worst flooding in Kerala in nearly a century.  To date, over 483 people have died, and 14 are missing.  A least a million people have been evacuated from the area.  According to the Kerala government, one-sixth of the total population of the state have been directly affected by the floods and related impacts.  The Indian government has declared it a Level 3 Calamity, or “calamity of a severe nature”. Heavy...

 

August 5, 2018
Earthquake epicenter (red star) and teleseismic stations (black triangles).
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Bali on August 5th, 2018, killing over 100 people, and leaving at least 20,000 homeless.  The most severe damage has been in North Lombok.   Rescue efforts are continuing, and at least two people have already been pulled from the rubble according to the national search and rescue agency.  Search and rescue efforts are continuing. Earthquake epicenter (red star) and teleseismic...

 

July 29, 2018
Fast moving wildfires, including the Carr fire just outside of Redding, California have killed at least eight people, and destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses.  There are currently at least 18 active wildfires statewide which are being battled by thousands of firefighters.  The fires range from Redding in Northern California to Riverside County in Southern California.  They include two significant fires near Mendocino National Forest and Yuba City.  The Carr Fire is currently the largest in the state, having burned over 112,000 acres.  Heavy rains earlier...

 

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