Satellite imagery

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Satellite-based radar maps fault of rare earthquake in France

Southeast France was hit by a M5.4 earthquake at 10:52 UTC on November 11, damaging establishments and displacing residents. The tremors were felt between Lyon and Mintellimar. Earthquakes in this part of France are very rare, prompting scientists to investigate...

November 20, 2019

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577 homes destroyed in NSW bushfires, burn area more than 1.6 million ha (40.7 million acres), Australia

According to data provided by the Rural Fire Service, nearly 577 homes have been destroyed in New South Wales since the start of the fire 2019/20 season which quickly turned into the worst on record. Statewide, the burn area now covers more than 1 650 000 ha (40 772...

November 19, 2019

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Global weather October 2019

A series of monthly weather videos shows a combination of infrared imagery from the geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites of EUMETSAT, NOAA, the CMA and the JMA which, together, continuously observe the Earth's surface 24 hours a day, 365 days a year....

November 13, 2019

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Significant increase of activity at Shishaldin volcano, fire-fountaining observed, Alaska

Activity at Shishaldin has increased significantly over the past day with fire-fountaining observed in web camera views throughout the evening and night, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reported at 22:20 UTC on November 11, 2019. Strongly elevated surface...

November 12, 2019

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Satellite imagery: Metis Shoal (Lateiki) eruption creates new island, Tonga

A new underwater eruption at Tongan Metis Shoal volcano, also known as Lateiki, the source of a massive amount of pumice detected in August 2019, resulted in the creation of a new island by the end of October. This volcano is known for the creation of new islands....

November 11, 2019

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Strongest eruption at Sakurajima since 2016, ash to 6.7 km (22 000 feet) a.s.l., Japan

The activity at the Sakurajima volcano has been increasing during the past few weeks, particularly since the end of October 2019. A strong eruption on November 8 generated an ash plume up to 6.7 km (22 000 feet). This is the largest eruption at the volcano since...

November 08, 2019

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Unprecedented wildfire rips through the island of Gran Canaria, Spain

An unprecedented wildfire is burning on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain’s Canary Islands since August 17, 2019. Although it has now started to subside, it engulfed around 10 000 ha (24 710 acres) of land, leading to the evacuation of over 9 000 people from...

August 21, 2019

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Extreme monsoon rains in western India and Myanmar, more than 250 people killed

Extreme monsoon rains hit western India and Myanmar in early August 2019, causing dramatic flooding and landslides and leaving at least 258 people dead. The animation below depicts satellite-based measurements of rainfall from August 1 - 12, 2019. The darkest reds...

August 15, 2019

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Massive wildfire on Hawaii's Maui Island

A wildfire that broke out on Hawaii's Maui Island at 10:30 LT on July 11, 2019 spread to 4 040 ha (10 000 acres) by Friday morning. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate but were allowed to return after conditions improved. The fire grew out of control by...

July 12, 2019

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Extreme rainfall makes Flinders River a 'mega river' 60 km (37 miles) wide, Australia

After days of extremely heavy rain falling over Queensland, Australia this month, Flinders River has grown to a 'mega river' and is now 60 km (37 miles) wide in some of its parts. This is its most significant flooding in more than 50 years and so vast it...

February 14, 2019

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Large amounts of African dust pushed into Greece and Canary Islands

Strong winds affecting northern Africa have pushed thick Saharan dust toward the Canary Islands and Greece on February 5 and 6, 2019, significantly lowering air quality in both regions. Large amounts of dust were pushed from Morocco and Mauritania toward the Canary...

February 06, 2019

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Lava flow produced by Karangetang volcano forces evacuations, Indonesia

At least 22 people were forced to evacuate on Monday, February 4, 2019, after lava flow produced by Mount Karangetan on Siau Island, Indonesia's North Sulawesi reached Malebuhe River near Batubulan village. The flow has almost reached the coastline as of...

February 04, 2019

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Thermal anomaly, steam emissions observed at Tinakula volcano, Solomon Islands

According to imagery captured by satellites and passengers aboard airplanes, the Tinakula volcano in the Solomon Islands is active again. Its last eruptive period lasted from October 21 to 26, 2018 (VEI3). Heavy ashfall produced during the eruption was followed by...

January 29, 2019

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Sulawesi M7.5 and tsunami death toll climbs to more than 2 000, Indonesia

The number of people killed in shallow M7.5 earthquake and tsunami it caused on September 28 climbed to 1 407 today, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said October 3, 2018. An estimated 66 000 homes have been destroyed or...

October 03, 2018

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Most detailed map of Earth's magnetic lithosphere

European Space Agency's used data provided by their trio of Swarm satellite and combined it with historical data from the German CHAMP satellite and observations from ships and aircraft to produce the most detailed map of the Earth's lithosphere. The map is...

April 11, 2018

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Southern Ocean drives massive bloom of tiny phytoplankton

Scientists have uncovered the ocean conditions that support a massive summertime bloom of algae that spans 16 % of the global ocean. Known as the Great Calcite Belt, this dense group of a microscopic phytoplankton, coccolithophores, can be seen in satellite images...

December 02, 2017

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Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing

Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. UZH researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales – from individual trees to...

November 19, 2017