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June 26, 2018
On June 26, 2016 an increase in seismic activity near the Sierra Negra volcano within the Galapagos National Park was detected, indicating that an eruption was beginning.  An Orange Alert was issued, resulting in 50 people being evacuated from their homes in the area.  The Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) has closed the site to visitors until further notice.  The GNPD is monitoring the Sierra Negra volcano, and two technitions from the park have been visiting the area surrounding the volcano daily to record the presence of new lava flows that are in the process of...


June 3, 2018
VIIRS image of the Fuego eruption from June 3, 2018
June 3rd, 2018: On Sunday June 3rd, Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano erupted violently and with little warning, sending ash nearly four miles into the air, and burying villages under an avalanche like pyroclastic flow of super heated ash and volcanic gasses.  At least 62 fatalities have been reported thus for, with hundreds more missing and injured.  The death toll is expected to climb, and the country’s disaster agency said that over 3,200 people had been evacuated. As of June 5th, eruptions have continued as evacuation orders remain in effect....


May 3, 2018
Zoomed out image acquired May 14th by the Landsat 8 OLI.
Explore the new NASA Disasters: Kilauea Airborne Science story map which highlights NASA’s ongoing airborne efforts to understand the volcanic eruption and provide impactful data to responders, by leveraging a high-resolution instrument created to study glaciers. On May 3rd 2018, the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted from new fissures and sent lava flowing over streets and neighborhoods. As the disaster response on the ground lead by the U.S. Geological Survey kicked into...


April 17, 2018
Terra/MODIS satellite image of the Aoba (Ambae) volcano eruption.
Terra / MODIS satellite image of the Aoba (Ambae) volcano eruption. Activity for Aoba (Ambae) volcano has increased in recent months and is now in a minor eruption state.  The volcanic alert level remains at level 3.  A restricted area of risk which is 3km around the active vent has been established as the volcano began to become more active in March and early April 2018.  At that time the volcano began to emit more and sustained volcanic ash or/ and gases.  These new...


April 17, 2018
Satellite photo of Kauai, Hawaii
Severe flooding and landslides have been triggered by unusually heavy rains on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes.  Landslides triggered by the rain have whipped out homes and shut down the main highway leading to the island’s north shore, stranding residents in the island’s remote areas.  No injuries have been reported, but hundreds of homes are believed to have been severely damaged or destroyed.  Damage assessments are continuing, and the full extent of the disaster’s impacts are not yet known. ...


March 20, 2018
California Atmospheric River and Mudslides
GOES satellite image of the atmospheric river phrenomena from March 20th, 2018. A powerful Atmospheric River Storm dropped heavy rains onto hillsides stripped of vegetation by wildfires in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, creating fears that the downpours could trigger mudslides and debris flows.  Mandatory evacuation orders were put into effect from Tuesday March 20th for thousands of residents living in areas impacted by the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier fires.  


February 23, 2018
Flood for Midwest Flooding, Feb 2018
RGB composite image of two Sentinel 1 passes from the 23 and 28th of February 2018  over the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers with the derived flood water extents (shown in red) overlaid. Several rainfall events occurring from Feb 20 – Feb 25, culminating in severe thunderstorms on Feb 24 with multiple Flash Flood warnings in Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana, have contributed to significant flooding in the Ohio River valley. Rainfall amounts were estimated...


February 16, 2018
SARs image of the Oaxaca Mexico Earthquake.
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico’s southern Pacific Coast on Friday, February 16th, 2018, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake was reported at 5:39 p.m. local time, shaking buildings about 225 miles away in Mexico City. Friday’s tremors left tall buildings swaying for more than two minutes.


February 9, 2018
GPM IMERG image of tropical cyclones Gita
GPM IMERG precipitation accumulation map of Tropical Cyclone Gita from 29/18 - 2/13/18. Image Credit: Hal Pierce (NASA GSFC) Tropical Cyclone Gita formed on 9 February and quickly intensified into a powerful storm moving through the southern Pacific ocean. On 12 February the storm made landfall on the island of Tonga with winds in excess of 145 mph, or equivalent to a category 4 storm in the Atlantic. NASA is helping to support a request from the World Bank with preliminary...


January 9, 2018
NOAA Graphic of Winter Storms with cloud cover
Heavy rains and flooding in recently burned areas of Southern California have triggered severe mudslides on slopes that have been denuded of vegetation, causing waist deep mudflows. Wildfires in December, including the Thomas Fire, swept through the area burning vegetation that helps prevent flooding and landslides. Thousands have been evacuated from their homes, there have been 13 confirmed fatalities, and at least 163 injuries.  Boulders the size of cars have rolled down...