September 21, 2016
Late on September 21, 2016, a fire at a power plant substation in southern Puerto Rico triggered a cascade of problems across the island’s aging electrical grid. The event knocked out power to nearly 1.5 million customers.
August 24, 2016
On August 23, 2016, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Amatrice in central Italy. NASA, along with its domestic and international partners, contributed observations and expertise to the ongoing response. The magnitude of the earthquake has resulted in widespread building damage to several towns throughout the region. This earthquake was the strongest in that area since the 2009 earthquake that destroyed the city of L'Aquila. Scientists with the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA)...
August 8, 2016
In August 2016 an extremely severe rainfall event hit Louisiana and southern Mississippi when a very slow moving, low pressure system continuously pulled tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Rainfall from the system exceeded 20 inches in some parishes which caused rivers and waterways, particularly the Amite and Comite rivers, to reach record levels. Coordination efforts expanded significantly throughout the incident and were truly a global effort. Support has been provided from international partners throughout the European Union, to include Germany, Italy, and Sweden; across the...
July 25, 2016
March 28, 2016
In late March 2016, Pavlof volcano on the Alaskan Peninsula began erupting again for the first time since November 2014. Alaska’s most active volcano has erupted six times since 1996 and 21 times in the past 50 years. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites acquired this image of the ash plume at 11:45 a.m. Alaska time (21:45 Universal Time) on March 28, 2016.
January 22, 2016
NASA satellites obtained a number of different views of the great winter storm that left many snowfall records from Virginia to New York City from January 22 to 24, 2016. This visible image from the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite on Jan. 24 at 1830 UTC (1:30 p.m. EST) shows post-storm snow on the ground across eastern United States. Credits: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response
January 7, 2016
In early January 2016, communities along the southern reaches of the Mississippi River faced severe flooding from rains that fell weeks earlier and well to the north. Heavy December rains drenched parts of Missouri and Illinois, and the pulse of fresh water has finally reached Louisiana and Mississippi. On January 11, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway near New Orleans in preparation for the southward-moving pulse of flood water.
October 23, 2015
The strongest hurricane ever recorded -- made landfall on Mexico's Pacific coast about 6:15 Friday October 23, 2015 evening (7:15 ET), its 165 mph winds barreling into the coast of southwestern Mexico near Cuixmala (NOAA NWS).
April 25, 2015
Before-and-after photographs of Nepal’s Langtang Valley, showing the near-complete destruction of Langtang village due to a massive landslide caused by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake. Photos from 2012 (pre-quake) and 2015 (post-quake). Credits: David Breahshears/GlacierWorks On April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, referred to as the Gorkha earthquake, struck killing more than 8,000 people and injuring more than 21,000. NASA worked with a number of...
April 20, 2010
May 18, 2010 NASA ER-2 overflight the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Ships engaged in oil spill recovery can be seen at the site of the well head. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill began on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect. Following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days, until it was capped on July 15, 2010. Eleven people went missing and were never...