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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...


January 4, 2018
Satellite image of Winter Storm
GOES Image from NOAA A severe winter storm, or “bomb cyclone” is creating blizzard-like snow and wind conditions on the East Coast of the United States.  The storm rapidly intensified into one of the most powerful winter storms in more than 40 years when a surge of moist ocean air moved north to meet a frigid blast of Arctic air.  The storm has brought frigid temperatures, snow, and ice as far south as Florida. 


December 7, 2017
Satellite Image showing Smoke Clouds
Image from NASA Earth Observatory Another round of severe wildfires began burning in Southern California on December 5, 2017.  These fires have prompted mass evacuations and consumed over 90,000 acres and 150 structures, and threated thousands of others.  Key infrastructure and densely populated areas are threatened as the Santa Ana winds continue to fuel the fast moving fires.  The NASA Disasters Program is closely monitoring these fires to determine how we may support....


November 21, 2017
Mt. Agung Volcano Monitoring
The NASA Disasters Program is continuing to closely monitor the Mt. Agung volcano on the Indonesian Island of Bali.  Eruptions of the volcano on November 21st and 25th followed numerous earthquakes in the region.  Currently over 29,000 people have been evacuated from the area surrounding the volcano, and the island’s main airport has been closed.  The last time Agung erupted, in 1963-64, the blast was comparable to the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, causing over 1,000...


November 9, 2017
Satelite Image of Typhoon Damrey
acquired November 3, 2017 Overview/Description: Typhoon Damrey (known in the Philippines as Severe Tropical Storm Ramil) affected Vietnam during early November.  Damrey rapidly intensified into a typhoon on November 3rd, and reached its peak strength as a Category 2 storm on the same day.  Damrey made landfall over Khánh Hoà Vietnam on November 4th, and rapidly weakened, dissipating on November 5th.  Damrey was the strongest typhoon to strike South-Central Vietnam since...