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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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Tropical Storms Boris (right) and Christina (left) appeared together in the eastern Pacific Ocean several hundred kilometers off the Mexican coast on June 28, 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite showed the pair of spiral storm systems. Neither storm posed a significant danger to coastal communities. Boris and Christina never reached hurricane strength, and after forming off the Mexican coast, both took...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20170
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On the island of Java, a ''mud volcano'' has been spewing thousands of cubic meters of mud every day since late May 2006. According to BBC news, British geologists believe that oil and gas drilling ruptured pressurized limestone rock and enabled water and mud to reach the surface. The oil company and others have suggested that the event could be related to the May 27 earthquake earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13629 near Yogyakarta. Regardless of the...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What -- Terra
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18006
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Two and a half months after its May 2, 2008, eruption, Chile's Chaiten Volcano continued releasing a plume of volcanic ash and steam. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite took this picture on July 19, 2008. According to the U.S. Air Force Weather Agency, a plume from Chaiten traveled approximately 130 nautical miles (240 kilometers) toward the northwest before changing direction and heading north-northeast on July...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19928
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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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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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Smoke from agricultural fires in northwest India continued to fill the front range of the Himalaya Mountains with smoke on November 3, 2003. This image is from the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite. Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12311
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Typoon Nabi, once a powerful super typhoon, made landfall on Japan's main southern island of Kyushu with sustained winds reported at 126 kilometers per hour (78 miles per hour). Nabi, which means ''butterfly'' in Korean, continued on over the southwestern tip of Honshu, triggering mudslides and flooding along the way, before heading out into the Sea of Japan. The storm left 17 dead and 9 missing in Japan, many as a result of mudslides. Four people were also reported missing in Korea. The image...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Imager, Where -- Sea of Japan, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15473
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According to the June 12 morning report from the National Interagency Fire Center, the Evans Road Fire in eastern North Carolina's Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge had grown to nearly 40,000 acres and was about 40 percent contained. This natural-color image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite on June 11, 2008, shows the fire (active locations outlined in red) and smoke over the region. The forests and...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- North Carolina, Where -- Virginia
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20059
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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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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
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13579
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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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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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Scores of fires were burning in Sudan and Ethiopia on November 27, 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 MODIS detected actively burning fires are marked in red. Deep green vegetation dominates the bottom of the scene where the large Sudd Wetlands and other smaller marshy areas have enough water to flourish amid the region's tropical savannas. Farther...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Sudan, Where -- Ethiopia, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17633
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The Anatahan Volcano emitted another plume of volcanic ash on March 24, 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) flying onboard the terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite captured this image the same day. In this image, the tiny volcanic island sends a plume of volcanic ash toward the west, over the Pacific Ocean. The ash cloud disperses rapidly as it travels westward. In early March 2006, the governor of the Northern Mariana Islands extended the state of...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Northern Mariana Islands, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16287
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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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A dust storm, likely originating in the Sahara Desert, swept across the Mediterranean Sea on February 24, 2007. 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 dust appears as an undulating swath of tan over the dark ocean water. The storm also clouds skies over Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, and Egypt. Even through a layer of dust, however, the Nile Delta still sports...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Lebanon, Where -- Israel, Where -- Egypt, Where...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18049
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The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season had been running for several months before it saw its first hurricane, Dean. Dean began as a wave-like disturbance in the cloud bands off South America, which gathered together to form a storm system on August 13. By August 18, Dean had grown in power to become a www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml Category 4 hurricane, swirling in the Caribbean Sea. The storm caused great damage to Jamaica and Grand Cayman Island, among other Caribbean islands, and as of August...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Space Shuttle Endeavour, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18887
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On Tuesday, July 20, 2004, the temperatures in Tokyo, Japan, hit a record-breaking 39.5 degrees Celsius (103.1 Fahrenheit), the hottest temperature ever recorded since records began in 1923, according to a http://www.terradaily.com/2004/040720111656.3mvtgiy1.html TerraDaily news report. This image of average land surface temperatures across the islands between July 11 and July 18 shows how temperatures around the urban areas on the largest Japanese island, Honshu, climbed toward 40 degrees...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Tokyo, Where -- Japan, Where -- California
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13536
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As the remnants of Hurricane Ivan moved north over the United States, it dumped torrential rain in southeastern and mid-Atlantic states, triggering inland flooding. Major rivers, including the Ohio, Susquehanna, and Deleware Rivers, pushed over their banks and forced evacuations. Muddy run-off has colored the rivers around the Chesapeake Bay a dirty brown in this true-color image, acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Ohio, Where -- Chesapeake...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13997
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Tropical Storm Cindy was preparing to make landfall over southeastern Louisiana on July 5, 2005, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this image. At the time, www.nhc.noaa.gov/ National Hurricane Center reported the storm to have winds of 70 miles per hour, just 4 miles per hour under hurricane status. After coming ashore near the mouth of the Mississippi River, Cindy moved northeast, drenching...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Louisiana, Where -- Mississippi, Where -- Alabama, Where -- Goddard Space...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15078
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/15000/15249/global_tmolst_2005193.jpg July 12-19, 2005 (3.45 MB) Sweltering temperatures dominated weather maps across the United States in July 2005 as a heat wave rolled over the country. Between July 12 and July 19, the heat sat over the southwest, where Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico all experienced days of above-normal temperatures. By the following week, the heat had spread to the Midwest and East. These surface temperature images...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Chicago, What -- Earth, Where -- United States of America, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15249
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As Beijing prepared to host the Olympics August 8-24, 2008, and the Paralympics September 6-17, 2008, authorities implemented new procedures to reduce pollution. On July 20, 2008, special pollution controls took effect. Except for taxis and Olympic vehicles, automobiles were banned on alternate days, depending on whether their license plates ended in odd or even numbers. Most construction was halted in Beijing, and factories were shut down in Beijing and the neighboring cities of Tianjin and...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Beijing, Where -- China, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20259
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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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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/14000/14316/Tennessee_TMO_2004338_lrg.jpeg December 3, 2004 (3.36 Mb) A bulge of water fills the Tennessee River at the point where the river turns north and enters Tennessee after flowing through Alabama. The river was swollen on December 12, 2004, after several days of heavy rain in the southeastern United States. The effects of the rain are visible in other rivers and lakes across the region. Mississippi's Sardis and Enid Lakes and Yacona River were...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Tennessee, Where -- Alabama, Where -- United States of America, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=14316
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The circling clouds of an intense low-pressure system sat off the southeast coast of the United States on May 8, 2007, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this image. By the following morning, the storm had developed enough to be classified as a subtropical storm, a storm that forms outside of the tropics, but has many of the characteristics -- hurricane-force winds, driving rains, low pressure,...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Georgia, Where -- Florida, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=18362
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As of July 12, 2004, the Alaska Fire Service reported that nearly 2.5 million acres across the state had been affected by fires. This image from the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite on July 12 shows dozens of active fires across the eastern part of the state. Areas where MODIS detected fires are outlined in red. The thick smoke and clouds can make it difficult to identify landmarks. At the bottom right of the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Alaska, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where -- Canada
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13371
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In central South America, at the border of Mato Grosso State, Brazil (top), and Bolivia (bottom left) numerous fires were choking the skies with smoke on September 6, 2004, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite captured this image. Actively burning fires MODIS detected during the overpass are marked in yellow. To the right of image center, a small swath of green hangs down from intact rainforest to the north....
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Brazil, Where -- Bolivia, Where -- United States of America, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13426
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Agricultural burning continues across the Central Plains of the United States on April 4, 2004. The fires, detected by the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite have been marked with red dots in this image. The fires are concentrated in Kansas and Oklahoma (top left and bottom left), with additional fires in Missouri and Arkansas (top right and bottom right). The widespread nature of the fires and their location (generally...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Kansas, Where -- Oklahoma, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12977
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/17000/17981/jakarta_amo_2007042_lrg.jpg February 11, 2007 (JPG; 1.6 MB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/17000/17981/jakarta_amo_2007026_lrg.jpg January 26, 2007 (JPG; 1.5 MB) Torrential rains pounded Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, starting in late January 2007, causing floods that buried parts of the city under as much as five meters (16 feet) of water, said the World Health Organization (...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Jakarta
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17981
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/15000/15102/india_amo_19jun05_250m.jpg June 19, 2005 (3.0 MB) Heavy monsoon rains brought floods to northeastern India in late August 2005. The floods marooned hundreds of villages, affecting 800,000 people in the Uttar Pradesh State. The rivers were still swollen on August 29, 2005, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured the top image. Shown in false color,...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15102
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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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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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A massive dust cloud hovered over the Middle East in mid-June 2008, stretching from Iraq to India and spreading south past the Arabian Peninsula. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on June 18, 2008. This image shows part of the storm, including some of the thickest dust, concentrated over the Arabian Sea. Besides the heavy band of dust south of Oman, the storm creates a faint...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Pakistan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Where -- Iraq, Where...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=20082
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According to the USDA Forest Service's InciWeb information system, the Moonlight Fire in northern California had grown to more than 63,000 acres as of September 11, 2007. Burning in thick forests on steep slopes, the fire had forced mandatory evacuations and closures of the surrounding Plumas National Forest. This image of the fire was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite on September 10. Places where...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- California, Where -- Sacramento, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19019
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Tropical Cyclone Hary can be seen just off the southern tip of Madagascar in this true-color image taken on March 12, 2002 at 6:50 UTC by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft. The cyclone, which came from the northeast, narrowly missed Madagascar this past weekend and instead skirted the eastern shore of the island. When this image was taken, the cyclone was packing winds of over 125 kilometers (75 miles) per hour. Currently, Tropical...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Madagascar, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9249
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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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Dust plumes blew westward across the Sahara Desert in late April 2008. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite captured this image on April 26, 2008. The dust plumes in this image, which appear to originate in Algeria and Niger, appear pale beige, slightly darker than the underlying ground surface. A large cloud of dust has formed over Mauritania and western Mali. Africa's Sahara Desert stretches across some 4,800...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Algeria, Where -- Niger, Where -- Mauritania
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=19845
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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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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/15000/15883/thailand_TRM_12-19dec05.qt Quicktime (.qt) format (790 kB) Parts of the Malay Peninsula, including southern Thailand and northern Malaysia, were hit hard by severe flooding after torrential monsoon rains that fell over two weeks in mid-December. December is part of the region's northeast monsoon, when prevailing northeasterly winds flow into the region from across the South China Sea. Because the winds carry abundant moisture, heavy rains...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Where -- Thailand, Where -- Malaysia, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15883
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Hundreds of fires were burning in eastern Africa south of the Sahara Desert in mid-December 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite captured this image centered on southern Sudan on December 15, and locations where the sensor detected actively burning fires are marked in red. The fires are most abundant along the border of Sudan with the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of these...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Sudan, Where -- Central African Republic, Where -- Goddard Space Flight...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15875
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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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After almost two weeks of agricultural burning across Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola in west-central Africa, a pall of smoke now hangs over the region, nearly hiding the surface from view in this modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from May 17, 2004. Active fire detections made by MODIS are marked in yellow. Image by Earth Observatory staff, based on data from the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-GSFC
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Angola, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13131
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Thick haze streamed out of Eastern China over the Korean Peninsula and Japan on November 9, 2004. Cool winter weather often means poor air quality in eastern China, which relies heavily on coal-fired power plants and coal for heating and cooking. Haze blanketed much of eastern China during the first week of November, but a storm moving in on November 8 and 9 seemed to push much of the haze east over the Yellow Sea and Korea. The edge of the clouds are visible on the right side of the image. The...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- China, Where -- Japan, Where -- Yellow Sea, Where -- Korea
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13929
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/16000/16052/tanzania_tmo_2006027_lrg.jpg January 27, 2006 (1.5 MB) For drought-stricken Tanzania, rainfall was a boon. The rare rain soaked the countryside, bringing floods to the areas shown in this false-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) image, captured on February 3, 2006. In contrast to January 27, turquoise-colored water has swollen rivers and streams and filled dry lake beds. The dry tan and pink...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Tanzania
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=16052
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East of where Lake Malawi fills one of the many cracks in the earth that mark Africa's Great Rift Valley, scores of fires were burning on October 1, 2006. The winds at the time of this image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite were pushing smoke southwest, creating a grayish haze over the western part of the image. The fires are scattered across southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique, places where the peak...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Aqua, Where -- Malawi, Where -- Tanzania, Where -- Mozambique
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17462
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Tropical Cyclone Sidr was gathering strength when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this photo-like image on November 12, 2007. The storm's swirling clouds straddle the center of the Bay of Bengal, with the eastern shores of Sri Lanka and India forming the left edge of the image. At the time that this image was taken, Sidr was relatively small, with sustained winds estimated at 100 kilometers per...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Bay of Bengal, Where -- Sri Lanka
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/12000/12795/northwest_australia_mar01.qt Rainfall Totals (.mov) format (3.6 MB) eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/12000/12795/northwest_australia_mar01_small.mpg Rainfall Totals (.mpg) format (1.3 MB) Two tropical cyclones made landfall in Australia just hours apart. Cyclone Monty came ashore along the northwest coast of Western Australia on the evening of March 1, 2004, (local standard time) while Cyclone Evan made landfall a few hours later...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Imager, Where -- Australia, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12795
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The Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador emitted a plume of volcanic ash in late October 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra satellite captured this image on October 25, 2006. Several days earlier, an eruption of lava and ash forced the evacuation of some 300 local villagers, according to news reports. In this image, a plume of volcanic ash blows westward from the volcano's summit, fanning out as it goes. The plume is...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Ecuador
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For a second day, the Sea-viewing Wide Filed-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) captured an image of smoke filling the skies over southern Mexico and Central America. Smoke from fires, which are concentrated in northern Guatemala (on the Yucatan Peninsula, southeast of center), is stretching across to Cuba and the southern tip of Florida. This image was acquired on March 19, 2003. Image courtesy the seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEAWIFS.html SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
Topics: Where -- Guatemala, Where -- Cuba, Where -- Florida
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The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Namtheun churning in the Pacific waters southwest of Hachijojima, Japan. At the time this image was taken, Namtheun had maximum sustained winds of 80 knots with higher gusts to 100 knots and was movind due west at 4 knots. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2004211-0729/Namtheun.A2004211.0405.2km.jpg additional resolutions and formats. Image...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Japan, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=13585
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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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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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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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On February 6, 2007, thick haze blew across the Yellow Sea and the Korean Peninsula toward Japan. 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 band of haze appears to narrow somewhat as it crosses over South Korea, then spreads out over the Sea of Japan. Skies over North Korea and the northern portion of the Sea of Japan are relatively clear. Opaque white clouds mix with...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Yellow Sea, Where -- Sea of Japan, Where -- Japan, Where -- Korea, Where --...
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17968
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On April 10, 2005, scores of fires in southern Mexico and northern Guatemala were billowing smoke that spread northward over the Gulf of Mexico. This image of the region was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite. Active fire locations have been marked with red dots. A high concentration of fires runs in a rough line between northwestern Guatemala and the Laguna de Terminos (image center), on the southern...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Guatemala, Where -- Gulf of Mexico, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center...
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On June 26, 2008, the National Interagency Fire Center reported 25 uncontained large fires in Northern California and 7 in Southern California. As thousands of firefighters worked to contain the blazes, forecasters warned of fire-favorable weather on the approaching weekend, with ''dry'' thunderstorms and hot temperatures. This natural-color image of Northern California was captured on June 26, 2008, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- California, Where -- Sacramento, Where -- United States of America
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Fires are burning all across Russia this May, and the southeast is no exception. This modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from May 9, 2002, shows dozens of fires and associated smoke. In this cut out of the full scene, fires are located predominantly along the banks of the Amur River (center). Please note that the high-resolution scene provided here is 500 meters per pixel. For a copy of this scene at the sensor's fullest resolution, visit the...
Topics: Where -- Russia, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=9521
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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)
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On June 25, 2005, Anatahan Volcano erupted again, continuing its state of elevated seismic activity. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the volcano sent a plume of ash and steam 3,600 meters (12,000 feet) in the air. Authorities have placed Anatahan Island off limits until further notice. In this picture, ash drifts westward across the Pacific from the volcano's summit. Acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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Each year in Northern Hemisphere fall, the fertile agricultural plains at the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in northwest India come alive with scores of seasonal agricultural fires. This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite on November 5, 2006. This region, which includes the state of Punjab, is India's primary food-grain-producing region. Major crops include wheat and rice. The fires are...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Indus, Where -- Arabian Sea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=17503
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This photograph taken from the International Space Station on June 7, 2002, shows the Copper Fire burning in the hills outside Los Angeles. Astronauts use a variety of lenses and look angles as their orbits pass over wildfires to document the long-distance movements of smoke from the fires as well as details of the burning areas. This image clearly illustrates the difficult, rugged terrain that firefighters must face when fighting these wildland fires. Astronaut photograph...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Earth, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- Johnson...
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Ongoing fires in northwest India contribute to a pall of haze that stretches eastward along the foothills of the Himalayas on October 22, 2002. In this true-color image from the modis.gsfc.nasa.gov Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite, fires are marked with red dots. Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Indus, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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Rainfall across the United States in the winter of 2005-06 has shown the classic pattern of a La Nina event. La Nina is a climate anomaly (departure from average conditions) that consists of cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the central and eastern Pacific and warmer-than-average SSTs over the western Pacific. Changes in the atmospheric circulation occur during La Nina events, as well. These combined ocean-atmosphere changes are likely responsible for the drought in the...
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Fires are scattered across northeast Brazil in this true-color image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Terra satellite on November 10, 2003. Active fire detections appear as red dots. Image by Jesse Allen, based on data from the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response System
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Brazil
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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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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)
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Tropical Storm Wilma did not yet have a hurricane's typical well-organized spiral structure or powerful winds when this image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ( modis.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS ) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite at 2:15 p.m. local time, on October 17, 2005. At the time of this MODIS observation, Wilma was building in power and size and developing the shape and form of a full-fledged hurricane, a status it would achieve within the next day. Wilma...
Topics: What -- Aqua, What -- Earth, Where -- Gulf of Mexico
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Over the past two weeks, heavy rains have inundated southern Russia, giving rise to floods that killed up to 83 people and drove thousands from their homes. This false-color image acquired on June 23, 2002, by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the terra.nasa.gov/''target=''outlink Terra satellite shows some of the worst flooding. The Black Sea is the dark patch in the lower left-hand corner. The city of Krasnodor, Russia, which was one of the cities hardest hit,...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Russia, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/13000/13989/ikonos_gulfshore_21dec01_lrg.jpg December 21, 2001 (2.2 Mb) Gulf Shores, Alabama, appears to have been sand-blasted after Hurricane Ivan blew ashore on September 16, 2004. This photo-quality Ikonos image of the shoreline, taken on September 18, shows tan sand covering buildings, roads, and piles collecting in the forested area in the top right side of the image. The parking lots that lined the beach in December 2001 have disappeared under a...
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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 --...
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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
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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
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Cyclone Nargis passed over Burma (Myanmar) after having formed in the Bay of Bengal. At one point, Nargis was a www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml Category 4 cyclone, with sustained winds of 210 kilometers per hour (130 miles per hour), according to weather.unisys.com/hurricane/n_indian/2008/index.html Unisys Weather. The typhoon lost strength before coming ashore on May 2 as a Category 3/4 storm, but it still carried very powerful winds and heavy rain when it struck the low-lying coastal plains,...
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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...
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