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April 8, 2020
On April 5, 2020, NOAA-NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of the human caused wildfire that broke out near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. This is the same power plant that was the scene of the nuclear accident that occurred on S
Forest fires have been burning near the site of the Chernobyl, Ukraine nuclear disaster since early April. Some of these fires are taking place within the “Exclusion Zone”, the 1,000-square-mile region surrounding the nuclear power plant which restricts access to areas contaminated with radiation from the 1986 disaster. This introduces the possibility that smoke plumes rising from the fires could transport dangerous radioactive particles into the atmosphere and into other regions, presenting a health and air quality risk to local populations. NASA's Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program...

 

April 6, 2020
On April 10, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Terra provided a visible image of Extra-tropical Cyclone Harold in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).
Tropical Cyclone Harold developed from a low pressure system that was observed to the east of Papua New Guinea, and tracked to the southeast where it peaked as a Category 5 cyclone on April 6th, 2020. The cyclone brought destructive high winds and extreme rainfall to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Tonga. The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Program has activated to Tier 1 response for Cyclone Harold and is monitoring the situation to determine what NASA resources and capabilities may be available to support response and recovery for the event. The Disasters Program is working with...

 

April 1, 2020
The International Disasters Charter has been activated for fires in Guatemala, which have affected approximately 450 square kilometers to date, particularly in the states of Jalapa and Peten. Many of these fires are in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, an important ecological region that contains some of the last forest reserves left in Guatemala. The Tikal and Mirador ruins, important historical sites, are also close to the fire zones The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program has...

 

March 27, 2020
Active fires in Colombia and Venezuela detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite on March 27th, 2020. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
Starting in March 2020 a number of active fires have been detected by satellites in the region around the northwestern border of Columbia and Venezuela. These fires have impacted Ciénagas del Catatumbo National Park and have brought smoke southwest toward the city of Cucuta, Colombia. The regions 2020 fire season is registering as one of the most active in the MODIS record since 2003. The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program has activated to Tier 1 for these fires and is monitoring the situation to determine what NASA resources and capabilities may be available to support response...

 

March 22, 2020
USGS intensity map of the March 22, 2020 earthquake in Croatia. Credit: USGS
On Sunday March 22nd, 2020 a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck Zagreb, Croatia. 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. USGS intensity map of the March 22, 2020 earthquake in Croatia. Credit: USGS

 

March 20, 2020
Estimated population in the region (data from 2015) within a radius of a) 15 kilometers and b) 30 kilometers of the March 18th, 2020 earthquake centered near Magna, Utah. Population estimates are based on the Population Estimation Service provided by the
On Wednesday March 18th, 2020 a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck Magna Utah, just west of Salt Lake City. 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. Estimated population in the region (data from 2015) within a radius of a) 15 kilometers and b) 30 kilometers of the March 18th, 2020 earthquake...

 

March 13, 2020
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Credit: CDC
NASA's Earth Applied Sciences Program helps people use Earth observations to solve the planet's most pressing issues. During the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Applied Sciences works within the Earth Science Division to support innovative and practical uses of NASA data while also making the health, welfare and safety of their users, partners, scientists and staff a priority. For updates about NASA and the Earth Science Division’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://www.nasa.gov/coronavirus...

 

January 24, 2020
Sentinel-1 interferogram showing ground movement from the January 24th, 2020 earthquake in Turkey. Credit: NASA Disasters Program, Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020), processed by ESA
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. Soon after the earthquake, NASA scientists reached out to colleagues in Turkey at various universities and government institutions, including the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake...

 

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: https://www.usgs.gov/news/magnitude-64-earthquake-puerto-rico) 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...

 

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