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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14404/pmel_max.pdf Maximum Wave Height (210 kB PDF) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14404/pmel_TT.pdf Travel Time (280 kB PDF) These maps show modeled maximum wave height (top) and travel time (lower) for the Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 26, 2004. Although the epicenter of the earthquake that triggered the tsunami was near the northern tip of Sumatra, the sea floor shifted along an arc stretching about 1200 km to the north....
Topics: Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Sri Lanka, Where -- Thailand, Where -- Somalia, Where -- Seychelles
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14404
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Western Europe continued to bake in late July 2006. Following an unusually warm spell earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13743 between July 12 and 19, temperatures across most of the region remained much warmer than normal. This image shows land surface (as opposed to air) temperatures collected from July 20-27, 2006, compared to the average temperatures for that period over the past six years (2000-2005). Places that were up to ten degrees Celsius warmer...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Belgium, Where -- Denmark, Where -- Ireland, Where -- Netherlands, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17094
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A dust storm formed over the South Aral Sea on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan on May 9, 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite took this picture the same day. As with a earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14249 larger storm that occurred just two days earlier, this dust storm arose from a few plumes west of the Aral Sea, but primarily from sediments around the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Aral Sea, Where -- Kazakhstan, Where -- Uzbekistan, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18359
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Ongoing torrential rain continues to fuel floods in southern Asia. The Brahmaputra River in India and Bangladesh is flowing at dangerously high levels, and has claimed scores of villages and lives. As of July 20, the death toll stood at 93 in Bangladesh and 277 in India. Well over 30 million people have been affected by this year's floods. For more information about the flood situation, visit...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Sun, Where -- Bangladesh, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13478
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The air over central Africa was bright with blowing dust (top) and what is probably a mixture of dust and smoke (left center) when this image of the area around Lake Chad (large green area above image center) was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite was captured on November 28, 2004. In addition to the dust storm in the Bodele Depression north of Lake Chad, numerous fires (locations marked in red)...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Chad, Where -- Nigeria, Where -- Cameroon
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14230
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The MODIS sensor aboard NASA's Aqua satellite observed a heavy pall of pollution (gray pixels) over much of eastern China on February 19, 2003. The haze appears to be particularly thick over the Shaanxi and Henan provinces in the eastern central part of the country. Notice how the pollution tends to ''pool'' up around mountainous terrain in the higher resolution version of this scene. The various light brown hues show bare land surface, while the darker browns show vegetated landscapes. A heavy...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- China, Where -- Yellow Sea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10535
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On Wednesday, April 15, 2003, strong winds blew dust from northern Mexico up into the United States, affecting Texas and New Mexico. In New Mexico at least two people were killed when blowing dust reduced visibility and caused a multiple car accident. This true-color modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) of the storm was captured by the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite, and it shows the blowing dust centered in the image. Image courtesy Liam Gumley, based on data...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Texas, Where -- New Mexico, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11314
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On October 27, 2002, the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this true-color image of the eruption of Europe's largest and most active volcano, Mt. Etna, on the island of Sicily. The volcano's thermal signature was detected by MODIS and is marked with a red dot. On the northern slopes of the volcano, the thermal signature detected could be a forest fire caused by the eruption. A long, grayish-brown plume of...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10376
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The largest fire in Utah's recorded history was around 329,000 acres as of July 11, 2007, according to the morning report from the National Interagency Fire Center. In the previous 24 hours the fire grew nearly 18,000 acres. The blaze was racing through grass and brush, driven by wind gusts. Houses and businesses, a natural gas pipeline, and a geothermal power plant were threatened. This image of the fire was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Colorado, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where -- Utah
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18691
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Typhoon Kai-Tak is shown here as observed by NASA's QuikSCAT satellite on October 31, 2005, at 14:32 UTC (11:32 p.m. local time). At this time, the typhoon had sustained wind speeds near the storm's center of 140 kilometers per hour (85 miles per hour; 75 knots). Typhoon Kai-Tak had reached its peak power a few hours earlier and was already starting to lose power as it was coming ashore on the Vietnam coastline. The image depicts wind speed in color and wind direction with small barbs. White...
Topics: What -- QuikSCAT, Where -- Vietnam, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15772
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Off the north coast of Australia, Tropical Cyclone Craig was poised to cross over from the Timor Sea (left) to the Gulf of Carpentaria (right) in this true-color modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on March 11, 2003. The center of the storm is located roughly in image center, on the northern tip of Northern Territory. Craig was expected to generally weaken as it moved eastward, but could briefly intensify over the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Australia, Where -- Timor Sea, Where -- Gulf of Carpentaria, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11068
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Super Typhoon Wipha was approaching the coast of China on the afternoon of September 18, 2007, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this photo-like image. At the time (12:40 p.m. local time, 4:40 UTC), Wipha had winds between 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour or 135 knots) and 240 km/hr (150 mph or 130 knots), making it a strong www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml Category 4 storm and a Super...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- China, Where -- Taiwan, Where -- Philippines, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19103
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On the plains at the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in northwestern India, scores of agricultural fires were burning on October 30, 2005. Shown in this image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite, the fires (marked in red) are spreading smoke to the southeast along the base of the mountains. The fires are concentrated in the states of Punjab (closest to Pakistan, at left) and Haryana (to the southeast), two...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Pakistan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15676
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Topical Cyclone Kerry formed on January 6, 2005, near Fiji, and then began drifting westward toward Australia's northeast coast. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite shows Cyclone Kerry on January 9, 2005. Although the storm reached Category-3 strength at one point in its life cycle, by Wednesday, January 12, forecasters were reporting the storm had dropped to Category 1 status, and its westward...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Fiji
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14505
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/18000/18223/Ebro_TMO_2007076_lrg.jpg March 17, 2007 (4.7 MB JPG) Spring rains left the Ebro River in eastern Spain running high in early April 2007. Flooding along the length of the river put 10,000 hectares of farmland under water, causing 40 million dollars of damage to crops, said the www.dartmouth.edu/%7efloods/Archives/2007sum.htm Dartmouth Flood Observatory. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Visible Light, Where -- Spain, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18223
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People in Madagascar seasonally burn the grasslands and savanna-type vegetation of interior Madagascar as part of their agricultural land management practices. Over two millennia of habitation, human exploitation of the island's natural resources, including the imposed fire regime, has transformed the plant and animal communities of Madagascar. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on August 6, 2005,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Madagascar, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15306
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On May 20, 2008, a deck of clouds over the Pacific Ocean provided an optical display for the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite. The ring-shaped, rainbow-like phenomenon, known as a appears through the length of the center of this image. The most obvious ring is about 60 kilometers wide in its center; the red and orange wavelengths are most visible. Parts of at least one inner and one outer concentric ring are also...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Sun, What -- Earth, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- California
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20016
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Forest fires have broken out across many countries in Southeast Asia in late February 2005. Although seasonal agricultural burning also takes place this time of year, news reports indicates that many countries are battling forest fires as well. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite shows parts of four Southeast Asian countries: southeast Myanmar, at upper left; northern Laos, at upper right; Thailand,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Myanmar, Where -- Laos, Where -- Thailand, Where -- Cambodia
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14340
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A wispy plume of steam rises from the Ulawun Volcano on the Papua New Guinean island of New Britain in this photo-like Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) image. The image was taken by NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite on June 6, 2005, as the volcano was exhaling ash and steam. Ulawun is one of Papua New Guinea's most active volcanoes. It rises to a height of 2,334 meters on the northwest shore of New Britain, making it the highest volcano in the...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Papua New Guinea, Where -- Bismarck, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14999
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Many fires (red pixels) were burning across the Henan Province in eastern China on June 7, 2002, filling the skies with a thick pall of greyish smoke as far north as Beijing. The smoke appears to be blowing northeastward over the Yellow Sea toward Korea and Japan. This true-color image was acquired by the modarch.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite. Please note that the high-resolution scene provided here is...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- China, Where -- Beijing, Where -- Yellow Sea, Where -- Korea, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9741
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On April 28, 2002, the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) captured this image of very bright, sediment-laden water in the Rio de la Plata of South America. Along the coast to the northwest, however, very little light was reflected back to the orbiting sensor. It is not clear what is causing this large, very dark patch of water. Perhaps a phytoplankton bloom being fed by high-nutrient runoff was responsible for absorbing much of the solar radiation that was not absorbed by the water...
Topics: Where -- Buenos Aires, Where -- Argentina, Where -- Montevideo
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9470
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14554/ terra_medina_20jan05_250m.jpg January 20, 2005 (3.6 Mb) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14554/ terra_medina_20jan05_250m.jpg January 20, 2005 (3.6 Mb) Floods water gushes through the deep valleys around Medina, Saudi Arabia, looking like blue veins in the marbled desert landscape. The floods resulted from a powerful storm, which brought heavy rains to the desert kingdom during the final days of the annual Hajj pilgrimage,...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Saudi Arabia
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14554
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Hurricane Wilma was a powerful Category 4 storm when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite took this image at 2:50 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, on October 20, 2005. The previous day, Wilma had surged from tropical storm to Category 5 hurricane in record time. Winds around the eyewall of the storm were raging at 280 kilometers per hour (175 miles per hour). National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Gulf of Mexico, Where -- Cuba, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15707
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Blistering temperatures swept across Europe in mid-July 2006. Both Britain and Germany experienced their hottest July on record, reported the Associated Press. The heat is reflected in this land surface temperature image, made from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite between July 12 and July 19, 2006. Regions where land surface temperatures were warmer than the average temperatures during the...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Germany, Where -- France, Where -- Belgium, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17092
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The Ulawun Volcano in Papua New Guinea's West New Britain emitted a plume of volcanic ash and steam beginning on March 21, 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying onboard the aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this image on March 22. In this image, the volcano's summit is partially obscured by clouds, but ash can be seen blowing eastward, away from the island. The ash is only slightly darker than the nearby clouds. One of Papua New...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Crater, What -- Earth, Where -- Papua New Guinea
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16317
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Tropical Cyclone Kujira whirls over the northwestern Pacific Ocean toward the Phillipines in this true-color Aqua MODIS image acquired March 14, 2003. Kujira was packing 110 knot winds (1 knot = 1.15 mph) at the time this image was acquired with gusts up to 135 knots. Over the next two days, Kujira is expected to strengthen to 125 knot sustained winds (150 knot gusts), making it into a category 4 cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson scale. The storm was moving west-northwest so rapidly that it was...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Pacific Ocean
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11305
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Tropical Cyclone Gamede was sitting in the western Indian Ocean off the shore of Madagascar on February 25, 2007. This powerful storm had been bringing heavy rains and strong surf to eastern Madagascar and the two major Mascarene Islands of Reunion and Mauritius. No settled land areas were experiencing the full brunt of of the sustained winds in the eyewall of the storm (reported at 195 kilometers per hour (120 miles per hour) by the https://metocph.nmci.navy.mil/jtwc.php Joint Typhoon Warning...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Madagascar, Where -- Mauritius, Where -- Goddard...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18024
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A film of haze hangs over northern India along the dark green curve of the Himalaya Mountains in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) image, taken on November 10, 2004, by NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite. The haze is probably being caused by widespread earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=12558 agricultural fires burning along the mountain front. The fires have been marked with small red dots. Urban pollution...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Nepal, Where -- China, Where -- Pakistan
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14203
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In the southeast corner of Yukon Territory, Canada, several large fires were burning on July 4, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fires are outlined in red. Gray-brown smoke blows northeast into the Northwest Territories. Clouds are bright white. According to reports from the Yukon Territory government, lightning...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Canada
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16933
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This true-color scene shows a widespread pall of gray smog lingering over eastern China on September 27, 2004. The darker hue of the pollution -- comprised of soot and sulfate particles produced by human industry -- make it easy to distinguish from the much brighter, white clouds in this scene. This image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite. Click on the image above to access the high-resolution copy, which is 250...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- China, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13911
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Tropical Storm Arlene spins off the southwestern tip of Cuba in this QuikSCAT image captured on June 9, 2005. The vibrant colors in this image depict relative wind speed, with the highest wind speeds in red. Although it is the first tropical cyclone of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, Arlene is not a powerful storm. Its strongest winds were maintained around 35 knots about the time this image was acquired. Arlene strengthened slightly the following day, but was not predicted to become an...
Topics: What -- QuikSCAT, Where -- Cuba, Where -- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15015
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Haze lingered in India south of the Himalaya for several days in December 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite captured this image on December 16, 2007. In this image, the haze appears as a dull gray blur south of the snow-capped mountains. The haze extends southward, thickening somewhat in the southwest. North of the Himalaya, clouds clutter the otherwise clear skies. NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using...
Topic: What -- Aqua
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16600/siberia_tmo_2006127_lrg.jpg May 7, 2006 (4.1 MB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16600/siberia_tmo_2006111_lrg.jpg April 21, 2006 (3.4 MB) Springtime flooding in southern Siberia is not unusual. Melting snow fills the north-flowing rivers in the south even as upstream sections of the river are still frozen. Floods build up behind dams of ice, or simply build under the fast flow of spring runoff. Spring of 2006 was not...
Topics: What -- FAST, What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Russia, Where -- Mongolia, Where -- China,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16600
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On January 21, 2007, a powerful storm dropped snow on parts of New Mexico, Arizona, and even northern Mexico. According to CNN, the storm left more than a foot of snow in northern Arizona, and reached as far south as Tucson with lighter amounts. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite took this picture on January 23, 2007. In this image, the snow and the clouds overhead appear very similar, but close inspection does...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- New Mexico, Where -- Arizona, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17930
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On November 29, 2006, the Courier Mail news service in Australia reported that the source of ''that eerie glow'' in the Brisbane area resulted from dust. A dust storm originating along the border between New South Wales and Queensland clogged the skies over the region. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying onboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this image of the dust storm as it headed toward the Coral Sea on November 30. In this...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Australia, Where -- Brisbane, Where -- Coral Sea, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17706
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An anomalous warming of the central and eastern Pacific along the equator is part of a well-known climate event called El Nino. An El Nino began in the spring of 2006 and reached its peak in November and December. El Nino has far reaching effects. The anomalous warming of sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific affects general atmospheric circulation patterns, which impacts both temperature and precipitation patterns well into middle latitudes. Deviations in the rainfall patterns across...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- United States of America, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17950
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Tropical Storm Beryl formed in the northwestern Atlantic on July 18, 2006, roughly 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of North Carolina's Outer Banks. The tropical depression gradually gathered just enough power to reach storm status and become the second named storm system of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season. As of July 20, it had gained only slightly more strength and was headed north towards New York City. Forecasts at the time predicted that the storm would continue to travel north, but...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- North Carolina, Where -- New York...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17000
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Category 4-strength Cyclone Favio was closing the gap between Madagascar and mainland Africa on February 21, 2007, preparing to strike Mozambique in coming days. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite shows Favio stretched across the Mozambique Channel at 9:35 a.m. (local time) Wednesday morning. The outermost bands of clouds on the western side of the storm were already brushing the coast of...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Madagascar, Where -- Mozambique Channel, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17994
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In New Mexico (right), the Dry Lake Complex Fire was billowing smoke southward over the forested mountains on July 8, 2003. To the southwest in Arizona, the Aspen Fire appeared subdued, with only one active fire location marked in red on the southern flank of Mt. Lemmon, northeast of Tucson. The large river running north-south at the right edge of the image is the Rio Grande. The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at...
Topics: Where -- New Mexico, Where -- Arizona, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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Scores of fires were burning in southern Myanmar around the Gulf of Martaban, which is thick with tan-colored sediment, in this image from the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on February 24, 2004. At far right of the scene, fires (marked with red) are also visible in Thailand. In the large image, fires are visible in China (upper right) and Laos (right center edge) as well. The widespread nature of the fires and their...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Myanmar, Where -- Thailand, Where -- China, Where -- Laos, Where -- Goddard...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12675
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Thick haze clouded the skies over Pakistan on December 20, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this image. Several of Pakistan's largest cities, including Lahore and Islamabad, are sandwiched between the Indus River and the Indian border in the area shown in this image. Cars burning low-quality fuel pump out pollutants in these densely populated regions, making air pollution a serious...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Indus, Where -- Pakistan, Where -- Lahore, Where -- Islamabad, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17692
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In southwestern Oregon, several large fires continue to tax firefighters and residents in communities in the Illinois River valley area in the Klamath Mountains. This image was acquired on July 31, 2002, by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite. Image courtesy Liam Gumley, www/ssec/wisc.edu/datacenter/'' target=''outlink'' >Space Science and Engineering Center , University of Wisconsin-Madison
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Oregon, Where -- Illinois, Where -- Wisconsin, Where -- Madison
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9904
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A river of smoke flowed eastward from a cluster of fires burning in Russia's Far East on October 10, 2005. The fires (marked in red) appear to stretch from the Amur region northward into the Khabarovsk Territory. The smoke plume wafts several hundred kilometers away, across Sakhalin Island and out over the Sea of Okhotsk. This image of the fires was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite. The...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Sea of Okhotsk, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15645
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A fierce storm struck both the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov on November 11, 2007. According to news reports, as many as 10 ships either sank or ran aground, one of them an oil tanker. The Russian tanker Volganeft-139 was anchored to the sea floor in the Kerch Strait linking the Black and Azov Seas when 108-kilometer- (67-mile-) per-hour winds tore the ship apart. As of November 12, up to 2,000 metric tons of fuel oil had leaked from the ship. On November 11, 2007, the day the storm struck, the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Sea of Azov, Where -- Ukraine, Where -- Belarus, Where...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19330
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The SeaWinds scatterometer aboard NASA's QuikSCAT satellite collected the data used to create this multicolored image of hurricane Howard off the Southern Coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This image taken on September 2nd at 4:25pm PDT, shows near-surface winds 10 meters above the ocean surface. The colored background shows the near-surface wind speeds at 2.5 km resolution, with the highest wind speeds, purple, in the center, and lower wind speeds around the outer edges of the storm. The black...
Topics: What -- SeaWinds Scatterometer, What -- QuikSCAT, Where -- California, Where -- Jet Propulsion...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13829
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The Chance Fire raced rapidly across sagebrush and juniper woodlands in northeastern Nevada near the Ruby Mountains on August 29, 2005. This image of the blaze was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite; the active fire perimeter that MODIS detected is outlined in red. The fire is burning very close to the I80 interstate northeast of the town of Elko, Nevada. Many people voluntarily evacuated their homes...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Nevada, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15462
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The SeaWinds scatterometer aboard NASA's QuikSCAT satellite collected the data used to create this colorful image of hurricane Frances as it approached Cuba on September 1, 2004, at 6:09 p.m. EDT. The colored background shows the near-surface wind speeds at 2.5 km resolution. The strongest winds, shown in purple, are at the center of the storm, with gradually weakening winds forming rings around the center. The black barbs indicate wind speed and direction at QuikSCAT's nominal 25 km...
Topics: What -- SeaWinds Scatterometer, What -- QuikSCAT, Where -- Cuba, Where -- California, Where -- Jet...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13787
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This stunning photo shows a major dust storm raging in the Kerman Desert, just east of the city of Bam in Southeastern, Iran. The image was acquired by the crew of the International Space Station on the afternoon of February 15, 2004, using a digital camera with a 50-mm lens. Astronaut photograph eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS008&roll=E&frame=1 6328'' TARGET=''_blank ISS008-E-16328 was provided by the eol.jsc.nasa.gov/'' TARGET=''_blank Gateway to Astronaut...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Earth, Where -- Iran, Where -- Johnson Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12773
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Numerous fires were burning on the southern portion of the island of Papua New Guinea on October 31, 2002. This image was captured by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite. Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Papua New Guinea, Where -- Guinea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10308
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People living along Namibia's desert coast have long been familiar with the rotten egg smell that periodically emanates from the Atlantic Ocean. With an economy that is largely based on fishing, the locals are also used to seeing millions of fish die whenever the unpleasant scent fills the air. The smell and the fish die-off are caused by hydrogen sulfide erupting from decaying plants on the sea floor. In the southeast Atlantic Ocean, strong ocean currents carry nutrient-rich deep-ocean water...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13155
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Hurricanes (which are known as typhoons in the western Pacific) are powerful storm systems that draw heat from the surface water of the ocean and transfer it to the air through evaporation and then condensation. Not only do those processes draw heat from the ocean, but once the storm system becomes strong enough, the powerful winds stir up the ocean water. Cooler water deeper down mixes with the warmer surface water. As a result, powerful storm systems like Typhoon Mawar can leave a measureable...
Topics: What -- EOS, What -- Aqua, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Japan
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15383
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16884/indonesia_flooding_14-21June06.qt Quicktime (680 x 488; 4.86 MB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16884/indonesia_flooding_14-21June06_small.qt Quicktime (224 x 160; 802 kB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16884/indonesia_flooding_14-21June06_small.mpg MPEG (224 x 160; 1.38 MB) Days of heavy rains led to devastating landslides on the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) in mid-June 2006....
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Earth, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16884
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Cyclone Gula did not look like much of a cyclone on January 30, 2008. By this time, it was traveling southward near the islands of Mauritius and Reunion in the Indian Ocean. A disorganized ball of clouds over the Indian Ocean lacking any evident eye structure, the cyclone seemed little different from any band of storm clouds when seen from above. This image shows rain rates in Cyclone Gula as observed by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission trmm.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (TRMM) satellite on January 30,...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Earth, What -- Imager, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19606
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Dust plumes blew through central Iraq and over the Persian Gulf in mid-June 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this image on June 16, 2008. This natural-color image shows dust plumes blowing toward the southeast, but unlike a larger storm on earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14878 June 8, 2008, the plumes are relatively small and distinct from each other,...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Iraq, Where -- Persian Gulf, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20070
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Topical Cyclone Eseta blew past Fiji on March 13, 2003, and was rapidly weakening on March 14, as it moved toward the South Pole. This true-color image from the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite shows Eseta southeast of Fiji (upper left) on March 13, 2003. The high-resolution image provided above is 1 kilometer per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS' maximum spatial resolution of...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Fiji, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11073
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Scores of small fires (marked in red) were scattered across southern Russia on either side of the Volga River (runs north-south in right hand portion of scene), on August 23, 2004. This region between the Black and Caspian Seas (both out of scene to the southwest and southeast, respectively) is part of the Eurasian steppes, a flat, treeless area of southeastern Europe and central Asia. Today the region is a mixture of crop and grasslands. The fires pictured here are likely agricultural, with...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Russia, Where -- Caspian Sea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13755
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Tropical Storm Chanchu formed in the western Pacific on May 8, 2006, roughly 500 miles east of the Philippines. The storm gradually built strength and size, reaching typhoon strength by May 11. It lost some strength as it crossed the Philippines, but once clear of the islands, it regained power and became a typhoon once again as it continued westward across the South China Sea. This photo-like image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS)...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Philippines, Where -- South China Sea, Where -- China, Where -- Goddard...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16646
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On March 10, 2007, thick plumes of dust blew off the west coast of Africa and over the Canary Islands. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, the tan dust strikes a strong contrast with the navy blue ocean. The dust plumes are thickest over the Canary Islands, almost thick enough to completely obscure the satellite's view of them. The dust plumes thin somewhat north...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18106
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This image and animation from NASA's Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) show the strong convective development of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, August 27, as it moved west through the Gulf of Mexico. Over 7 minutes during which all 9 MISR cameras viewed Katrina, the animation captures the cloud-top sides, the counterclockwise rotation of the eyewall, and the bubbling growth of the towering cloud structures. At this time, Katrina was undergoing rapid development -- it had just been...
Topics: What -- MISR, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where -- California, Where -- Illinois,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15405
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A storm with near-perfect symmetry and a well-defined eye hovering over the warm waters of the Caribbean or in the South Pacific is not unusual, but Tropical Cyclone Gonu showed up in a rather different place: the Arabian Sea. Though rare, cyclones like Gonu are not unheard of in the northern Indian Ocean basin. Most cyclones that form in the region form over the Bay of Bengal, east of India. Those that take shape over the Arabian Sea, west of the Indian peninsula, tend to be small and fizzle...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Arabian Sea, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Bay of Bengal,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18440
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In the third week of July 2004, several fires sprang up at the urban-wildland interface around Los Angeles, California. The Pine, Fooothill, and Crown fires all flared up suddenly and quickly grew to several thousand acres. This image of the area burned by the Foothill Fire shows how close the fire burned to populated and developed areas in the northern suburbs of L.A. The burned area appears as a charcoal-blue patch in image center, contrasting sharply with the forested slopes (vegetation is...
Topics: What -- ASTER, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- California
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13507
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In the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles, the Padua, Grand Prix and Old Fires have created a broken fire line that at times has stretched out over forty miles. This view of the region around Arrowhead Lake (top right of overview image) shows a wall of smoke from the Old Fire towering over the mountains south of the lake. In places the flaming fire fronts were burning so brightly, they were visible to the Ikonos satellite from 432 miles in space. This image was captured on October 28,...
Topics: Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- California
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12391
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A tropical depression formed in the Bahamas on September 17, 2005. Once it was organized enough to have winds of over 62 kilometers per hour (39 miles per hour), it was classified as a tropical storm and given the name Rita, becoming the 17th named storm system of the 2005 hurricane season. With the season not yet over, 2005 is already the 5th most active storm season since naming records were started in 1851. According to the National Hurricane Center, 21 tropical storms formed in 1933, 19...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Bahamas, Where -- Florida, Where -- Gulf of Mexico, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15540
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This false-color image reveals a large plume of African desert dust blowing westward over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. The tan color of the dust makes it easy to distinguish from the purplish-white color of clouds in the region. In this scene, the plume spans all the way from the Strait of Gibraltar (upper right) to well past the Canary Islands (lower left). The high-resolution image available here is 500 meters per pixel. Copies of this scene at...
Topics: Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Morocco, Where -- Gibraltar, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13552
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The Day Fire was burning dangerously close to Interstate 5 in Southern California on September 12, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this image. The fire started on September 4, apparently from a campfire gone out of control in Los Padres National Forest, said the www.inciweb.org/incident/475/ Forest Service. Dry conditions on the ground and hot, dry weather combined to allow the fire to...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Visible Light, Where -- California, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17330
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For days in late June, wildfires across California blanketed the state with smoke. A shift in the winds over the area over the last weekend of June brought residents and firefighters a reprieve, however, and when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite captured this image on June 29, 2008, skies over the state were relatively clear. The fires were still burning, however; places where MODIS detected active fires are...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- California, Where -- Pacific Ocean
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20102
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Seasonal rains during June 2005 have resulted in widespread flooding across southern and eastern China. The floods and associated mudslides have left hundreds dead and forced thousands from their homes, with the most severe damage in Guangxi and Guangdong in southern China. The rains are a normal part of life in southern China, where May and June are Meiyu season. Meiyu literally means oplum rain, which refers to the widespread rains that can occur at the time when plums ripen. This image shows...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- China, Where -- South China Sea, Where...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15075
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Fires continue to burn across southern Mexico (left), the Yucatan Peninsula (right), and are heavily concentrated in northern Guatemala. This true-color modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on April 23, 2003, shows the fires marked in red and smoke streaming across the Gulf of Mexico (top). The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Guatemala, Where -- Gulf of Mexico
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10997
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On January 20, 2005, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite captured this image of Southeast Asia showing active fires (red outlines) burning across several countries: (clockwise from top left) Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. These fires are the product of the annual, agricultural burning season. The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. . The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Thailand, Where -- Laos, Where -- Vietnam, Where -- Cambodia, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14330
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Dust storms that blanketed Iraq in previous days have pushed south and east on Thursday, March 27, 2003. In this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite, the dust hangs over the Persian Gulf (center), Saudi Arabia (bottom) and washes over the mountainous terrain of western Iran (right of center). At top left the vegetation and wetlands of the Tigris and Euphrates River Valleys -- the Fertile Crescent -- stands out in dark green against...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Iraq, Where -- Persian Gulf, Where -- Saudi Arabia, Where -- Iran, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11095
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A powerful Alaskan storm swept down over California during the final week of October 2004, bringing record snow to the Sierra Nevada. The central Sierra Nevada received as much as 48 inches (1.2 meters) of snow in October, breaking the previous record of 36 inches (0.9 m), reported the Associated Press. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) image, acquired by NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite on October 30, 2004, shows snow in the mountains around...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- California, Where -- Nevada, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14181
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On Wednesday, August 7, 2002, two large Oregon fires merged into a single massive fire of more than 333,000 acres. In southwest Oregon, the Sour Biscuit fire on the Oregon-California state line, and the larger Florence Fire to its north closed the gap between them and created an enormous blaze that retained the name Biscuit Fire. This image of the active fire fronts (red dots) and thick smoke was captured by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Oregon, Where -- California, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9916
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Severe Tropical Cyclone Fay continues to skate down the Western Australia coast. The storm has intensified over the past twenty-four hours, and is now expected to move ashore early Saturday morning. The www.bom.gov.au/products/IDW60281.shtml Australian Bureau of Meteorology has ranked Fay a Category 4 storm, a category reserved for storms with maximum wind gusts ranging between 225 and 279 kilometers per hour (140 and 173 miles per hour). The Bureau expects to see wind gusts up to 235...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Australia, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12909
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This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) image from October 22, 2004, shows trans-boundary pollution from eastern China spreading out over the east China Sea south of the Korean Peninsula (top right) and out of the scene at image right, where the westernmost edge of the Japanese island of Kyushu is visible. Urban and industrial pollution is a major environmental concern for China and the countries downwind. This image was captured by the MODIS on NASA's...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- China, Where -- East China Sea, Where -- Taiwan, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13919
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A number of severe thunder storms swept through the mid-Atlantic states on April 28, bringing high winds, hailstones, and heavy rains to many areas. The intense storms spawned at least two tornadoes, one of which was classified as an F4 twister. The powerful tornado touched down in southern Maryland and ripped through the town of La Plata, destroying most of the historic downtown. The twister--the strongest ever recorded to hit the state and perhaps the strongest ever recorded in the eastern...
Topics: What -- Imager, What -- EO 1, What -- Earth, What -- Landsat, Where -- Maryland, Where -- Goddard...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9461