Category Archives: Natural Disaster

Mapping the spread of the Cordón Caulle volcano ash cloud

On June 4, 2011 the Cordón Caulle volcano complex in Chile erupted sending volcanic ash high into the atmosphere. A combination of small ash particles, which take a long time to fall to Earth, and the high winds of the … Continue reading

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Before and after aerial imagery of the Wallow Fire, Arizona

During some types of natural hazards, satellites are capable of capturing remarkably clear imagery of affected areas. Below, before an after Landsat visible-infrared images of the Wallow fire in eastern Arizona, USA. The images cover 300 square miles (500 sq … Continue reading

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Deep Zoom imagery of Joplin after the tornado

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published a detailed aerial survey of damage following the tornado which struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, killing at least 125 people. This imagery, showing the full extent of the tornado’s groundtrack, … Continue reading

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Joplin tornado, before and after

New high-res aerial images from GeoEye capture Joplin, Missouri on May 2, 2011 at 8:30 am, two days after the deadliest U.S. tornado in 64 years tore through the city. Hover over the photos below to compare this new imagery … Continue reading

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Grímsvotn Volcano Plume

This amazing NASA MODIS satellite photo captures Iceland’s most active volcano, Grímsvötn erupting on May 22, 2011. The image shows the ash column rising above cloud level,  casting a shadow to the west.  A brown plume of volcanic ash shrouds the southern … Continue reading

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Midwest storm system captured by satellite

This GOES East satellite photo, taken on May 22, 2011 shows storm clouds above the US Midwest. The image captures the weather system just moments before it spawned a deadly tornado that ripped a 4 mile long path through the … Continue reading

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New Icelandic volcano eruption

Grímsvötn, Iceland’s most active volcano, started erupting Saturday May 21, 2011.  Local flights have been grounded, and  airlines have been warned the plume of volcanic ash could reach Scotland in a couple of days. The image above  shows the eruption cloud drifting … Continue reading

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Mississippi crisis response map

Google’s Crisis Response team has produced a new interactive map for anyone affected by the widespread flooding along the Mississippi River and watershed, caused by this Spring’s record rainfall. The map gathers together data sets from various official U.S. agencies … Continue reading

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