Category Archives: Natural Disaster

High-res Mississippi River flood imagery

Satellite company GeoEye has released two new high-resolution images of the recent flooding along the Mississippi River. The first image shows flooding at the junction of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, around Cairo, Illinois on May 8. Move the slider … Continue reading

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New Fukushima contamination map

A new, joint U.S. – Japan aerial survey shows levels of surface radiation around the Fukushima nuclear power plant. As expected the map shows a band of fall-out north west of the site, but it also reveals high levels of … Continue reading

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Mapping this Spring’s Rainfall in the U.S.

A combination of heavy rain and large snow melt has caused devastating flooding in parts of the U.S. this spring. With water levels in some areas along the Mississippi river reaching near record heights. This new map, based on data … Continue reading

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Mississippi river flooding: before and after

Rising flood waters along the Mississippi River and its tributaries are continuing to threaten communities across multiple US States. This set of before and after satellite shots from NASA compares the river system under normal conditions in 2010, with the … Continue reading

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Flooding after Mississippi river breach

Before and after shots captured by NASA’s Terra Satellite show the after effect of a breached levee on the Mississippi River. A hole was intentionally blown in the levee by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 2, 2011 … Continue reading

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Places most at risk from a natural disaster

Continuing the hot mapping trend of the moment – natural hazard risk vs location – the New York Times publishes a series of maps under the title Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster. The analysis, from Sperling’s Best … Continue reading

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Alabama tornado tracks

The National Weather Service has published a preliminary map of super-cell tracks from the historic tornado outbreak April 27, 2011. Click the image to see a hi-res version. Red indicates confirmed tornadoes rated higher than three on the Enhanced Fujita … Continue reading

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Before and after satellite shots of the Tuscaloosa tornado

New satellite images from GeoEye capture Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 28, 2011 at 11:35 a.m, the day after a devastating tornado hit the city. Hover over the images below to compare this new imagery with photos of the same places … Continue reading

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