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November 8, 2018
On November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire erupted 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento, California.
The Operational Land Imager on USGS/NASA Landsat 8 acquired this image on November 8, 2018 On November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire erupted 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento, California. As of 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on November 9, the fire had consumed 70,000 acres of land and was...


October 24, 2018
Super Typhoon Yutu
Super Typhoon Yutu  On October 23-24, 2018, a tropical storm in the western Pacific Ocean exploded into a Category 5 super typhoon. Now that storm has made a direct hit on Tinian and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, a territory of the United States.


October 20, 2018
NASA/NOAA GOES-16 aquires image of Hurricane Willa 
NASA/NOAA GOES-16 aquires image of Hurricane Willa  Hurricane Willa emerged near the Mexican west coast on October 20, 2018 and rapidly strengthened into a category 5 storm. Although the wind speeds diminished somewhat, the storm made landfall as a category 3 storm approximately 15km from the town of Escuinapa in Sinaloa state. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were estimated to be 120 mph, with a minimum central pressure of 965 millibars per the National...


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. ...