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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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In late February 2008, Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park suffered a major blow when an accidental fire scorched a large section of the relatively small (188-square- kilometer) park. Located in central Kenya, the park is most famous for the flocks of flamingoes that congregate to graze on the cyanobacteria that thrive in the shallow, alkaline lake. But the surrounding marshes, woodlands, and savanna also provide habitat for some of Africa's famous large mammals, including white and black...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19637
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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 Witch Fire in San Diego County was encroaching on the city of Ramona on October 22, 2007, when the commercial satellite Quickbird captured this high-resolution view of the area. A line of smoke plumes cuts diagonally through the scene just north of Ramona Airport, and to the west, distinct plumes rise from smaller fires near the airport. Other actively burning areas in the north appear to follow the edge of a natural area or park north of the city. A...
Topics: Where -- California, Where -- Los Angeles
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19227
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Almost 440,000 acres are burning in Oregon as of August 4, 2002. Almost half of those acres are comprised of two large fires (red dots near coastline) in the southwest portion of the state in the Klamath Mountains. The Florence Fire is more than 198,000 acres and only 5 percent contained. In places the terrain is so rugged and inaccessible that fire crews are detonating explosives in the ground to create fire breaks in places that are too difficult to manually construct. Just to the south is...
Topics: Where -- Oregon, Where -- California, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9912
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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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A tropical cylone that hit India's East coast caused at least one death in Bangladesh and sank four fishing boats in the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday, November 13, 2002. Heavily populated, low-lying coastal areas of Bangladesh are particularly vulnerable to storms that roar in off the Bay of Bengal. A tropical cyclone in 1991 killed at least 138,000 people and left millions homeless. The TRMM satellite passed almost directly over the cyclone on Tuesday and TRMM's Precipitation Radar showed the...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- Bangladesh, Where -- Bay of Bengal,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10511
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Tropical Cyclone Glenda formed off the northwestern coast of Australia on March 27, 2006. The storm quickly built into a powerful and well-defined cyclone during the next day. Powerful winds have whipped up surf along the coastline of Western Australia's Pilbara region, and the storm has brought heavy rains to the islands off the Kimberly coast. As of March 30, 2006, the storm had lost some power and was ranked as a powerful Category 4 storm, after having peaked the previous day. This...
Topics: What -- Spectrometer, What -- Earth, Where -- Australia
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16333
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In late March 2008, Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's big island released a plume of ash and/or steam. The U.S. Air Force Weather Agency reported that the eruption created an area of or volcanic smog, extending westward over the Pacific Ocean. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite captured this image of the volcanic emissions on March 24, 2008. Although clouds cover much of the island's surface, the vog is clearly...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19708
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A power failure left many American cities in the dark on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003. Authorities report there is no evidence of sabotage, although the cause of the blackout is not currently known. The North American Electric Reliability Council is currently focusing its investigation on the ''Lake Erie loop'' -- a series of power transmission lines encircling the lake from Detroit to New York and into Canada. There is some evidence that the loss of a power line in Cleveland, Ohio,...
Topics: What -- DMSP, Where -- New York, Where -- Canada, Where -- Ohio, Where -- Columbus, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11982
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This RADARSAT-1 image shows the aftermath of heavy flooding along the Gash River in the east African countries of Sudan and Eritrea (described by an alternate spelling, ''Erythrea,'' in the image). The rain-induced floods lasted from July 28 to August 21, 2003. At the flood's height, 79 percent of Kassala city, Sudan, was flooded, leaving 80 percent of the population homeless. The region also suffered heavy losses in agriculture. In this image, taken on August 24, 2003, by the Canadian Space...
Topics: What -- Radarsat 1, What -- RadarSat, Where -- Sudan, Where -- Eritrea
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12099
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Tropical Cyclone Helen swirled just off the northern coast of Australia on January 4, 2008. The storm struck in a fairly sparsely settled part of Australia: the only major city, Darwin, is 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Channel Point, where the www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml Category 2 storm ultimately came ashore. Winds peaked around 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour) late on January 4. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Australia, Where -- Gulf of Carpentaria, Where -- Timor Sea
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19533
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For over 500 years, Arctic explorers have sought a passage between the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Such a passage, often called the Northwest Passage, would connect Europe to Asia via shorter routes than the long voyage south around Africa. In 1497, English King Henry VII sent Italian explorer John Cabot to look for this hypothetical route and expeditions from some of the most famous explorers in the centuries that followed--Sir Francis Drake and Captain James Cook among them--met with...
Topics: What -- Explorer, Where -- Alaska, Where -- Russia, Where -- East Siberian Sea, What -- Aqua, What...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18962
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On January 29, 2007, a dust storm blew northward across Turkmenistan toward Uzbekistan. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite took this picture the same day. This image shows multiple sources for the dust in both Iran and Afghanistan. As sand covers much of Turkmenistan, however, dust could also have been picked up there, and just been hidden under the plume. Mixed with the dust plume are clouds, which fringe it on...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Turkmenistan, Where -- Uzbekistan, Where -- Iran, Where -- Afghanistan,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17944
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Typhoon Kalmaegi was grazing the Pacific-facing coast of Taiwan in the morning hours of July 17, 2008. The www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml Category 2 typhoon raised alarms on land and sea. The Central Weather Bureau in Taipei, Taiwan's capital, forecasted that the storm would bring high winds and heavy rain to the island throughout the day. The storm was predicted to touch land briefly at the island's northern tip before crossing the straits between Taiwan and China. This natural-color...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Taiwan, Where -- Taipei, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20241
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After nearly four years of drought, Tunisia continues to receive rain this winter. The salt pans are full of water, and they can be seen in this false-color image acquired on March 2, 2003, by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft. During the dry season, the salt pans of Tunisia and Algeria contain little or no water. In this false-color image water is blue and black. Snow, which has also fallen in abundance in the higher...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Tunisia, Where -- Algeria, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10838
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16907/23-28june06_ne_rain.qt Quicktime (680 x 488; 5.2 MB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16907/23-28june06_ne_rain_small.qt Quicktime (224 x 160; 816 kB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16907/23-28june06_ne_rain_small.qt MPEG (224 x 160; 1.1 MB) Heavy rain triggered widespread flooding across the eastern United States from June 23 to June 27, 2006. The rains fell as a steady stream of very moist tropical air...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- United States of America, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16907
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Bagana Volcano on Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea sent a wispy plume southward on June 28, 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, Bagana's plume appears dingy gray, snaking its way over Bougainville and the Solomon Sea. www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=0505-02= Bagana is a symmetrical cone formed from hardened lava left by previous...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Papua New Guinea, Where -- Guinea, Where -- Solomon Sea
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18607
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On November 24, 2007, a fire started in Corral Canyon northwest of Malibu and was rapidly fanned into a large blaze by Santa Ana winds. Numerous homes were destroyed in the area, which is at the wildland-urban interface between the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite on November 24 shows the smoke plume trailing far out over the Pacific Ocean. The area in which...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19366
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Typhoon Halong continued to hover off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, on July 16, 2002. This modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from that date shows the storm draped over the northern portion of the island. The storm moved quickly up the coast of Japan, but still brought heavy rains and flooding, and disrupted trains and air traffic across Japan. The storm came within the same week as Typhoon Chataan, and the region is already looking ahead to the...
Topics: Where -- Japan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9871
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In the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests in north-central Washington, the Pot Peak Fire has been burning since it was started by lightning on June 26, 2004. In late July, another lightning-caused fire, the Deep Harbor Fire, sprang up nearby and the two had grown to more than 47,000 acres by August 17. The fires were burning in the Sawtooth Mountains around Lake Chelan about 15 miles northwest of the town of Chelan. This image shows the Pot Peak (left of center) and Deep Harbor (above and...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13712
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Sprawled across the western Pacific Ocean west of the Philippines, Super Typhoon Lupit's still beauty contrasts starkly with the storm's trail of devastation across numerous islands in the Federated States of Micronesia in the last week of November 2003. The storm was a powerful Category 5 Super Typhoon at the time this image was acquired by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite on November 26. In this scene, the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12497
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This prominent circular feature in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania has attracted attention since the earliest space missions because it forms a conspicuous bull's-eye in the otherwise rather featureless expanse of the Gres de Chinguetti Plateau in central Mauritania, northwest Africa. Described by some as looking like an outsized ammonite in the desert, the structure (which has a diameter of almost 50 kilometers (30 miles)) has become a landmark for space shuttle crews. Initially interpreted as...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Terra, Where -- Mauritania, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9262
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Super Typhoon Fengshen can be seen over the central Pacific Ocean in this true color image taken on July 16, 2002, at 23:10 UTC by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra spacecraft. Currently, Fengshen is roughly a thousand miles from the Northern Mariana Islands and packing winds of over 250 kilometers (155 miles) per hour. The typhoon, which has wind speeds equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, is predicted to...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Northern Mariana Islands, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9953
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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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Dozens of fires were raging across Siberia on July 25, 2003, and were detected by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite. Marked with red dots, the fires are creating a blanket of smoke, which in recent days has caused airports in the region to close due to lack of visibility. The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS' maximum spatial...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11816
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/19000/19874/Myanmar_TMO_2008126_lrg.jpg May 5, 2008 (1.7 MB JPEG) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/19000/19874/Myanmar_TMO_2008106_lrg.jpg April 15, 2008 (1.3 MB JPEG) The first cyclone of the 2008 season in the northern Indian Ocean was a devastating one for Burma (Myanmar). According to reports from Accuweather.com, earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14810 Cyclone Nargis made landfall with sustained...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Myanmar, Where -- Yangon
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19874
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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)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11581
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The swollen rivers of Western Turkey cut dark blue ribbons across the brilliant green landscape of this false-color modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image. Starting on January 22, 2004, a rare earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=11924 winter storm blanketed Western Turkey with snow. The equivalent of a month's precipitation fell around Istanbul in just 24 hours. By February 7, when the aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Turkey, Where -- Istanbul, Where -- Aegean Sea, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12704
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In southwestern Oregon, the Florence Fire (north) and the Sour Biscuit Fire (south) continue to grow explosively. This image from the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus was captured on July 29, 2002. The Florence Fire had grown to 50,000 acres and the Sour Biscuit Fire had grown to 16,000 acres. Numerous evacuation notices remain in effect. In this false-color image, vegetation is green, burned areas are deep magenta, actively burning fronts are bright pink, and smoke is blue. Image...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Oregon
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9936
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A large dust storm blew westward from the Aral Sea in late April 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite acquired this image on April 29, 2008. In this picture, beige plumes form a large arc that crosses the border between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Some clouds appear in the east, and they could be associated with the same weather system that kicked up the dust. Dry lake bed sediments provide plentiful material...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Aral Sea, Where -- Uzbekistan, Where -- Kazakhstan, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19853
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The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Namtheun churning in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. At the time this image was taken, Namtheun had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with gusts to 92 mph and was moving towards the northwest at 8 mph. Image courtesy Jesse Allen, earthobservatory.nasa.gov NASA's Earth Observatory .
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Pacific Ocean
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Scorching summer sun, burning pavement, stinging sweat -- normal for July. But in July 2006, temperatures climbed above average levels for the previous six years and stayed warm for several days. During mid-July, a heat wave settled over most of the United States, with air temperatures soaring past 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). Land surface temperatures climbed as well, as this image shows. Most of the United States and portions of Canada and Mexico were much warmer than they had been...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Canada,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17089
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Skies in the north were mostly cloudy when NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite passed over California on June 30, 2008, but the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) sensor was able to get this cloud-free shot of Southern California showing fires burning south of Monterey. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fires are outlined in red. Smoke spreads north up the coast. The two fires pictured are among the largest of scores of fires burning in the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- California
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20104
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The dust storm that plagued Iraq on August 8, 2005, and delayed constitution talks lingered over the region the next day. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) flying onboard the aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite took this picture on August 9, 2005. In this image, a pale beige cloud of dust several hundred kilometers across sweeps out of Iraq and over the Persian Gulf in the southeast. This dust storm was caused by a phenomenon known as a shamal (also called...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Iraq, Where -- Persian Gulf
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15244
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Tropical Cyclone Melanie had an impressive appearance on December 30, 2007, as the storm swirled off the coast of Western Australia. Fortunately, the storm, which had sustained winds of 125 kilometers per hour (70 miles per hour), did not come ashore, and it brought only moderate storm conditions to the sparsely populated coast. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite acquired this photo-like image at 2:10 p.m....
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Australia, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19471
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The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Tokage on October 19, 2004 at 2:15 UTC. At the time this image was taken, Tokage was located approximately 98 miles south-southest of Okinawa, Japan and had maximum sustained winds near 86 mph. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2004293-1019/Tokage.A2004293.0215 additional resolutions and formats. NASA image courtesy Jacques Descloitres,...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Japan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14149
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On the afternoon of April 13, 2006, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite detected two smoky fires burning in northwestern Arkansas' Boston Mountains when the sensor passed over head and collected this image. The actively burning part of the fire detected by MODIS is outlined in red. Both fires have large plumes of smoke drifting northward. The Arkansas River runs through the image's bottom left corner, while at top,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Arkansas, Where -- Boston, Where -- Missouri, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16446
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In the savannas of Australia's Northern Territory, the wet season draws to a close around April. In the early months of the dry season, while conditions are still relatively cool, and the vegetation is still moist from the recent rains, land managers set strategic fires in a patchwork of landscapes to prevent larger, more devastating fires later in the dry season. This image of the Northern Territory on June 10, 2007, was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Timor Sea, Where -- Australia, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18463
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With sustained winds near 140 km per hour (87 mph), Tropical Cyclone Kalunde was situated well south and east of Diego Garcia in the center of the Indian Ocean. However, the latest forecasts suggest Kalunde will soon veer increasingly southward toward oblivion in the colder latitudes of the southern Indian Ocean. This true-color image of the storm was acquired on March 10, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Aqua satellite. The high-resolution image...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11021
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Hurricane Ele became Typhoon Ele as it crossed the International Date Line this past weekend. The typhoon/hurricane be seen in the central Pacific in this true-color image taken on August 31, 2002, by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's Aqua spacecraft. As of September 4, the typhoon was several hundred miles east of the International Date Line and making its way north through the Pacific, packing sustained winds of up to 92 miles...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10112
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Some snow isn't an unexpected occurrence in the mountainous terrain of the small country of Lesotho, a small, roughly circular country located between Free State Province and Eastern Cape Province in the Republic of South Africa. But over the weekend of July 20, 2002, a severe snow storm dumped several feet of snow in the Drakensbueg Mountains, and turned many parts of the country into disaster areas. According to news reports, at least 22 people died and many more were stranded in mountain...
Topics: Where -- Lesotho, Where -- South Africa, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10001
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On April 4, 2006, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite captured this image showing numerous fires (marked in red) burning across the Yucatan Peninsula (top center), and the Central American countries to the south: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Although MODIS cannot tell the cause of fires, April is one of the dry-season months in the area, and it is possible that the fires are a mixture of...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Guatemala, Where -- El Salvador, Where -- Salvador, Where -- Honduras,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16385
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Dozens of fires were burning in the forested, hilly terrain of southeastern China on December 3, 2003. The fires were detected by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite, and their locations are marked in red in this image. To the northeast of the scene, haze is very thick over the coastline. Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- China, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12509
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In this image, Tropical Cyclone Zoe is located near 11.8S and 170.2E and is moving west-southwest at about 7 knots but is expected to gradually turn to the southwest. Maximum 10-minute average winds near the center are estimated at 125 knots and are expected to increase to 135 knots in the next 12 hours. Image courtesy Jeffrey Schmaltz,
Topic: Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10653
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Typhoon Khanun was poised to make landfall on the coast of mainland China when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this image at 11:20 a.m. local time, on September 11, 2005. At the time of this MODIS observation, Khanun had sustained winds of 210 kilometers per hour (130 miles per hour). As Khanun moved in towards China, outflowing wind patterns from the storm pushed away polluted air ahead of it. In...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- China
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15523
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In southeastern Africa, scores of fires were burning on September 25, 2004, in Mozambique south of Lake Malawi, whose southern tip is at the top center of the image. Active fire detections made by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite are marked in red. The fires created a layer of smoke that darkened the surface of the land beneath it. At upper left in the image, the turquoise-colored body of water is the Cahora...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Mozambique, Where -- Malawi, Where -- Zambia, Where -- Zimbabwe, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13994
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Dry, drought-withered vegetation rings Lake Victoria in this vegetation anomaly image. The image shows large-scale plant health in eastern Africa. Regions that are drier than they were between 2000 and 2004 are brown, while areas with thicker, healthier vegetation are green. As the image illustrates, many countries in eastern Africa have been plunged into drought in recent months. In this region, drought means more than economic loss, for many it means famine. From Tanzania to Uganda, millions...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Victoria, Where -- Tanzania, Where -- Uganda,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13570
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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. The fire has burned over the Oregon state line into California. This image of the fires and thick smoke was captured by the landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus on...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Oregon, Where -- California
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9932
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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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Water levels in the Pareechu River in Tibet continue to build behind a natural dam, created by a landslide in the early summer. On September 1, 2004, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, ( asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured the top image of the new lake. The discolored rings around the basin provide a nice comparison point to see just how much the lake has grown since July 15, when the lower image was taken. The water...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What -- Terra
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13701
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In early January 2003 heavy rains in Tunisia have led to floods that have displaced over 3,000 people. The floods can be seen in this false-color image (bottom) acquired on January 19, 2003, by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft. The most devastating floods occurred in the northern and central parts of Tunisia. Most of the houses affected were built of soil and provided ample protection from the normally hot, arid...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Tunisia, Where -- Algeria, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=10836
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In the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in northern Washington, a complex of two large fires that started in July continued to burn on August 2, 2006. The Tripod Complex Fire was burning in beetle-killed lodgepole pine forests and had grown to more than 40,000 acres as of August 3, according to estimates from the National Interagency Fire Center. West of Lake Chelan, the smaller Tin Pan Fire continued to burn as well. This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Washington, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17028
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Started in late July, the Tripod Complex Fire in northern Washington continued to grow at the beginning of the third week of August 2006. The www.nifc.gov/information.html National Interagency Fire Center estimated the fire at 83,436 acres and 25 percent contained on August 14. Residences and other structures remained threatened by the fire. This image of the fire, which is northeast of the town of Twisp, was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Washington, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17034
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Typhoon Longwang was a small but well-organized and powerful storm system when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this image at 12:50 p.m. local time, on September 27, 2005. At the time of this MODIS observation, Longwang was 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, and well away from any significant land mass. It was travelling roughly westward towards the Chinese...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Saipan, Where -- Northern Mariana Islands
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15596
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Two tropical cyclones were hovering near Australia's coastline on March 10, 2005, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite captured this image. The larger storm, at left, is Cyclone Willy, which the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported on March 11 to be strengthening but unlikely to come ashore. At top center, Cyclone Ingrid was re-strengthening in the Gulf of Carpentaria after losing some momentum and power...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Gulf of Carpentaria, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14701
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On December 6, 2003, a wide plume of dust blew over North Africa and northwestward over the Mediterranean Sea. Tracking dust storms is important for a variety of reasons. Dust injects nutrients, such as iron, into marine ecosystems. Dust also carries bacteria and spores from fungi, which can cause disease far away. Dust storms can cause or worsen breathing problems. Finally, dust in the atmosphere can also influence climate and weather. Numerous dust storms carry Saharan dust across the...
Topics: Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- United States of America, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12535
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In the Mato Grosso region of Brazil, numerous smoky fires were burning on June 18, 2003, and have been marked with red dots in this modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite. Light-green areas of deforestation mix with the deep green of forests. The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS' maximum spatial resolution of...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Brazil, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=11379
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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...
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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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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...
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The image above shows Tropical Storm Celia on July 21, 2004, in visible light, as you would perceive it from space. Located in the eastern north Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico, Celia has a small eye with an 80-90 percent closed eyewall. Celia briefly reached hurricane status on July 22 when sustained winds reached 75 miles per hour and gusts reached 92 mph, making it the first hurricane of the eastern north Pacific season. This image was acquired by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, What -- Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, What -- AIRS, What -- Aqua, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13557
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Mount Ruang, a stratovolcano in the Indonesian Sulawesi Islands, erupted on September 25, 2002, sending a large plume of ash (gray pixels) streaming westward toward Borneo and Sumatra. The volcano was still venting smoke on Sept. 26, when this image was acquired. Image by Jesse Allen, based on data from the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
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Dense smoke lingers over Southeast Asia in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) image, collected on March 30, 2005, by NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite. It is currently the dry season, a time when fire is common in Southeast Asia. Though several fires, marked with red dots, were detected when Terra flew over in the morning, the majority of the smoke was probably generated the previous day. During the day, hundreds of fires are set, so that by...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- The Valley, Where -- Laos, Where -- Thailand,...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14346
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A dust plume blew off the coast of Saudi Arabia and over the Red Sea on November 3, 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. This image shows the tan plume blowing in a counter-clockwise direction over the water, toward the shores of Sudan and Egypt. Aside from the plume, skies appear clear, giving a clean view of the arid landscapes on either side of the sea. NASA image courtesy...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Saudi Arabia, Where -- Red Sea, Where -- Sudan, Where -- Egypt, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19294
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14410/khaolak_iko_2004364_lrg.jpg December 29, 2004 (1.3 MB JPEG) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14410/khaolak_iko_2003003_lrg.jpg eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14410/khaolak_iko_2003003_lrg.jpg January 3, 2003 (1.4 MB JPEG) The beaches of Khao Lak, Thailand were struck by a tsunami 2-3 hours after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake of December 26, 2004. Although 500 km away from the epicenter, the waves were 10...
Topic: Where -- Thailand
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14410
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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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A day after it started, a dust storm in southwest Asia had spread westward. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite captured this image on November 15, 2007. Whereas the storm had barely affected Turkmenistan the day before, it swept into the country on November 15. As it had on the previous day, this dust storm failed to reach over mountaintops in Tajikistan and northern Afghanistan, as evidenced by the mountain peaks...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Turkmenistan, Where -- Tajikistan, Where -- Afghanistan, Where -- Goddard...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19344
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Believe it or not, Mount St. Helens was an erupting volcano when the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer ( asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ ASTER ) acquired this image on December 12, 2005. It may not be spouting ash and steam, but Mount St. Helens is steadily pushing a column of rock into its crater. Throughout 2005, the dome in the volcano's crater grew by an average of two cubic meters per second as magma pushed its way steadily up. In this image, snow and shadow mask the...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15866
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On the Island of Java, Indonesia, Mount Semeru released a volcanic plume on May 3, 2007. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra took this picture the same day. This image shows the opaque, gray-beige plume blowing toward the west over the island of Java. Scattered around the volcano are bright white clouds. www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=0603-30= Semeru is a composed of alternating layers of solidified lava,...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Indonesia
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A two-pronged plume of dust hovered over northeastern Afghanistan and neighboring countries in mid-June 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite took this picture on June 14, 2008. This natural-color image shows dust hovering over the borders between Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. Much lighter in color than the landscape below, the dust is thick enough to completely obscure the satellite's view of the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Afghanistan, Where -- Uzbekistan, Where -- Tajikistan, Where...
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/17000/17441/USmidwest_TRM_2006266_lrg.jpg September 23, 2006 (1.28 MB) A slow-moving weather front was responsible for spreading severe storms and flooding across parts of the southeastern and mid-western United States on September 23 and September 24, 2006. The storms occurred when low air pressure over the Central Plains drew warm, humid air up from the Gulf of Mexico. The warm air interacted with strong, upper-level winds. There were numerous...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC),...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17441
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Fall has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and that means it's harvest time. In the wheat fields of Washington and Idaho in the northwestern United States, scattered fires (red dots) burn through the wheat stubble. Because of the semi-arid climate of this region, wheat is an important crop; Washington is the third-largest wheat producer in the US, and Idaho is the eighth. Surrounding the tan wheat fields are the Cascade Mountains (west), the Bitterroot Range (east), and the Blue Mountains...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Washington, Where -- Idaho, Where -- United States of America, Where --...
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/18000/18149/Harirud_TMO_2007065_lrg.jpg March 6, 2007 (5.3 MB JPG) Rivers across Afghanistan were running high on April 2, 2007, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured the top image. The extensive flooding was triggered by weeks of late-winter and early-spring rain combined with melting snow. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Visible Light, Where -- Afghanistan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18149