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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...


June 26, 2019
Photo of the Ulawun eruption taken on June 26, 2019. Credit: Eroli Tamara via REUTERS
The Ulawun Volcano in Papua New Guinea erupted around 2:30pm local time on June 26th, 2019. The NASA Disasters Team has activated Tier 1 response for this event and is working with stakeholders at the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) and the USGS Volcano Emergency Assistance Program (VEAP) to provide satellite data products in support of the event. Over 15,000 residents in the region were forced to evacuate their homes due to ash fall and pyroclastic flow (source:...


June 22, 2019
Photograph of the Raikoke volcanic plume taken by astronauts onboard the International Space Station on June 22nd, 2019. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
The Raikoke Volcano on the Kuril Islands in the Western Pacific Ocean erupted around 4:00am local time on June 22nd, 2019. The NASA Disasters Team has activated Tier 1 response for this event and is working with stakeholders at the Alaska Volcano Observatory and the Anchorage Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) to provide S02 mass estimates, plume trajectory models, and other satellite data products in support of the event. Since volcanic ash contains fragments of volcanic glass which melts a lower...


June 15, 2019
Map showing flooding in Uruguay on June 19th, 2019 using the MODIS Flood 2 Day Observations product. Credit: NASA Disasters Program / Dartmouth Flood Observatory (DFO)
Extreme rainfall lasting over a week in Uruguay (peaking June 15-17) has led to severe flooding across many parts of the country. The Uruguayan Institute of Meteorology (INUMET) reported that between June 11-18, the maximum accumulated rainfall occurred in the town of Chamanga, Flores department, with 419.0 mm (16.5 in).  According to the latest reports, two people have died and 8,520 people have been forced to abandon their homes across 8 departments. The most affected department is Durazno, with 6,428 displaced people, followed by Canelones where 1,463 people have left their homes....


May 31, 2019
MODIS imagery of flooding on the Arkansas River May 27, 2019. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
The Southern and Central United States have been drenched by rainstorm after rainstorm in the spring of 2019, leading to widespread flooding. Across the continental United States, river gauges at 404 locations were above flood stage on May 29, with the vast majority along the Missouri, Mississippi, and Arkansas rivers and their tributaries. The problem was most acute in late May along the Arkansas River. As of May 29, the National Weather Service reported flooding at 22 gauges along the river in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, not including nearby tributaries and lakes. Major flooding was...


May 8, 2019
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image at 5:22 a.m. Universal Time (10:52 a.m. India Standard Time) on May 1, 2019
Tropical Storm Fani formed in the Northern Indian Ocean over the weekend of April 27 and 28.  The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image at 5:22 a.m. Universal Time (10:52 a.m. India Standard Time) on May 1, 2019. Around the time of the image, the storm had sustained winds of 105 knots (120 miles/190 kilometers per hour). That’s the equivalent of a category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. Credit: NASA...


April 30, 2019
Suomi NPP VIIRS visible light image of Cyclone Kenneth captured on April 24th 2019. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Northern Mozambique on Thursday April 25, after striking the Island Nation of Comoros earlier in the day. Currently, the death toll in Comoros stands at 4, while Mozambique has had 38 confirmed fatalities. TC Kenneth is a very slow moving storm, dumping extreme amounts of rain over Northern Mozambique. Pemba has already received 22 inches of rain, and up to 20 more inches of rain is possible in the next 5 days. More than 35,000 homes in northernmost Cabo Delgado were partially or fully destroyed by Kenneth. More than 18,000 people have been...


March 18, 2019
Comparison of before (March 20th, 2018) and after (March 16th, 2019) the flooding event at Offutt Airforce Base, Nebraska, using data from the Landsat 8 OLI. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
Rivers have reached historic water levels in 41 locations across the Midwest. This devastating flooding that has killed at least three people, forced evacuations in multiple states, breached dams and levees, destroyed roads and bridges, damaged thousands of homes and flooded portions of Offutt Air Force Base. Floodwaters are also threatening a nuclear power plant, and forced the evacuation of a National Weather Service Office on Friday. Continuing snow melt and expected spring rainfall will only extend the length of time that areas are flooded....