Satellite imagery

parana river delta argentina july 29 2020 f

Wildfires raging 'out of control' across Parana delta wetland, Argentina

The Parana River in Argentina -- South America's second-biggest river after the Amazon and the eighth longest in the world -- is at its lowest level in decades this year, allowing multiple forest fires to spread through its delta. NASA's Operational Land...

August 05, 2020

apple fire california august 3 2020 platform adam antonio vecoli f

Major wildfire spreads in Southern California, more than 8 000 people urged to evacuate

A major wildfire emerged in Cherry Valley, Southern California, on Friday evening, July 31, 2020, prompting evacuation orders for more than 8 000 people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The blaze, called the Apple Fire, has spread to 10 860 ha (26 850...

August 04, 2020

oaxaca earthquake june 23 2020 by ESA Copernicus

ESA's Sentinel-1 maps M7.4 Oaxaca earthquake from space, Mexico

ESA's Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission mapped the powerful M7.4 earthquake that struck Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca on June 23, 2020. The satellite radar data are being used to examine the effects of tremors on land. At around 15:20 UTC (10:20 LT) on June...

July 25, 2020

east asian monsoon season 2 june july 2020

IMERG maps excessive monsoon rain across Asia

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission captured the rainfall accumulation across Asia-- from India to Japan-- this monsoon season, from June 1 to July 20, 2020. The data are remotely-sensed estimates that came from the Integrated Multi-Satellite...

July 23, 2020

siberia wildfires july 2020 f

19 million ha (47 million acres) of land scorched as wildfires continue to rage in Siberia

Major cities in Russia are covered in haze and smoke as mega wildfires continue to rage through Siberia. According to satellite monitoring data, fires have torched 19 million ha (47 million acres) of the area since the beginning of 2020-- an area bigger than Greece....

July 20, 2020

european groundwater drought june 2020 2

Satellites show signs of drought in European groundwater

The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow On (GRACE-FO) satellites showed indications of drought in European groundwater in a map taken on June 22, 2020. According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), meteorological drought conditions began in...

July 09, 2020

peru landslide nasa june 23 2020 ft img

Massive landslide in Achoma creates natural dam along Colca River, Peru

NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured the destruction from a landslide in Achoma, Peru, around mid-June, which not only destroyed properties but also created a natural dam along the Colca River. In the early hours of June 18, a hillside in...

July 03, 2020

suomi npp fires thermal anomalies july 1 2020 f

Wildfires in Siberia increase five-fold amid unprecedented heatwave

Wildfires in Siberia have grown five-fold over the past week amid an unprecedented heatwave, according to Russia's forest fire aerial protection service. This came after the town of Verkhoyansk hit 38 °C (100.4 °F), marking the hottest-ever temperature...

July 01, 2020

slade lake on june 17 2020 canada f

Sinkholes drain Slade Lake near Oxford in Nova Scotia, Canada

Underground geological activities this spring have drained Slade Lake, about 2.5 km (1.5 miles) southwest of Oxford in Nova Scotia, Canada. "The most obvious culprit for this is the water just disappeared down some of the sinkholes at the bottom of the...

June 18, 2020

lonar crater turns red india sentinel 2 june 10 2020 f

50 000-year-old meteorite crater lake turns red overnight, India

Lonar Lake, a meteorite crater lake formed 50 000 years ago in western Maharashtra, India has turned reddish-pink overnight on June 10, 2020, leaving nature enthusiasts stunned. The color change is currently attributed to changing salinity levels and the presence of...

June 12, 2020

nishinoshima june 6 2020 landsat 8 f

Volcanic activity remains high at Nishinoshima, Japan

Volcanic activity remains high at the Japanese Nishinoshima volcano, with large lava flows and ash emissions. Nishinoshima is the summit of a massive submarine volcano that has prominent satellitic peaks to the S, W, and NE. A near-crater warning is in effect since...

June 10, 2020

mars water ft img may 6 2020

Highly-detailed images reveal evidence of ancient rivers on Mars

A high-resolution satellite has captured detailed images of a rocky cliff on Mars, revealing the first evidence of ancient rivers that existed for more than 100 000 years on the surface of the planet, 3.7 billion years ago. The international team of scientists used...

May 07, 2020

anak krakatau april 17 2020 sentinel2 f

Clear sky satellite imagery of Anak Krakatau volcano after strong eruption on April 10

The European Sentinel-2 satellite acquired first clear sky images of Indonesian Anak Krakatau volcano after strong eruption on April 11, 2020. The activity level of the volcano remains at 2 (Waspada) -- residents and tourists are not allowed within 2 km (1.2 miles)...

April 18, 2020

anak krakatau eruption april 13 2020 ft img

Another strong explosion at Anak Krakatau, Indonesia

Another strong eruption occurred at Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano on April 13, 2020, three days after a powerful magmatic eruption when the volcano spewed volcanic ash up to 14.3 km (47 000 feet) above sea level. As of Wednesday, April 14, the Aviation Color...

April 14, 2020

wildfire near chernobyl nuclear power plant april 9 2020 sentinel by pierre markuse feat

Wildfires burning within Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Wildfires fueled by strong winds are burning within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in northern Ukraine since April 4, 2020. Radiation levels near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor have reportedly spiked to well above normal as the fires tore through the irradiated...

April 10, 2020

sheveluch april 8 2020 f

Strong explosive eruption at Sheveluch volcano, ash to 10 km (33 000 feet) a.s.l., Russia

A strong explosive eruption took place at Sheveluch volcano, Kamchatka, Russia at 19:10 UTC on April 8, 2020. According to the Tokyo VAAC, volcanic ash column rose up to 10 km (33 000 feet) above sea level by 21:20 UTC, drifting SSE. Satellite data by KVERT showed...

April 09, 2020

james river april 2 2020 ft img

Flooding on James River persists for more than a year, South Dakota

Flooding on James River in South Dakota has been persisting for more than a year now. During the 2019 flood season, the water levels reached 4.9 m (16.2 feet)-- its highest since 2010. This spring, forecasters are expecting major to moderate inundations in 23...

April 06, 2020