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March 11, 2019
Suomi NPP VIIRS image of Cyclone Idai from 3/11/19. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
Cyclone Idai made landfall on the coast of Mozambique late Thursday night, bringing torrential rains, high winds, and storm surge to the area. Officials report that over 215 people have been killed so far by the effects of this storm, but the expected death toll is over 1,000. Flooding and storm damage have isolated many cities and villages, making it difficult for responders to reach the impacted areas and fully understand the impacts of the storm.  Suomi NPP VIIRS image of Cyclone...


February 27, 2019
MODIS image showing flooding in Northern California on February 28, 2019.
MODIS image showing flooding in Northern California on February 28, 2019. An atmospheric river from the Pacific Ocean has been providing the fuel for heavy rainfall across Northern California starting in late Februrary. The flooding caused at least one death and forced the evacuation of thousands of people as the floodwaters rose. The Russian River reached it's highest level in decades causing large amounts of flooding in the town of Guerneville, CA.


January 25, 2019
Dam collapse near Brumadinho, Brazil 
A mining dam in the south-eastern town of Brumadinho, Brazil collapsed killing at least 58 people, with 300 more missing as rescue efforts continue in the search for survivors. As the dam collapsed a large volume of sludge buried the sites near the cafeteria  where workers were eating. Nearby homes and vehicles were also submerged. In some areas the mud is almost 50 ft. deep. The reason for the burst dam is not yet known. Brazil's largest mining company which owns the dam said 305 employees were still missing and 192 have been rescued.


November 30, 2018
Map Details of Alaska Earthquake 2018
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake occurred north of Anchorage, Alaska on Friday, November 30, 2018. The earthquake caused extensive damage to buildings and roads and triggered a tsunami warning for coastal areas of Cook Inlet and the southern Kenai Peninsula. The earthquake struck at about 8:30 a.m. local time some 10 miles northeast of Anchorage, AL at a depth of 21 miles, according to the US Geological Survey. The tsunami warning was later canceled.


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...