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Fire occurs in California, United States of America

Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory by Joshua Stevens, using data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE). Caption by Adam Voiland.

On the 16th of August 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) detected smoke and warm surfaces affecting San Bernardino, California. 


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Fri, 19/08/2016 - 22:38

Heavy rainfall triggers extreme floods in Louisiana, United States

Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory map by Joshua Stevens, using IMERG data provided courtesy of the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Science Team’s Precipitation Processing System (PPS). Caption by Kathryn Hansen.

In August 2016, heavy rainfall occurred in Louisiana, United States, raising the level of the rivers leading to floods.  

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Tue, 16/08/2016 - 22:23

Tropical Storm remains active in eastern Pacific

Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Commerce.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) family satellites from the National Weather Service (NWS) of the United-States captured some space-bases images of a tropical storm called Howard operating in the northeast part of the Pacific Ocean. 

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Wed, 03/08/2016 - 08:34

Fires occurred in Colorado, Wyoming and California, United-States

Image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response using Suomi NPP VIIRS data.

On the 10th of July, a fire occurred in Colorado burning around 13,000 acres of land in the area. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured some images from space. This disaster named Hayden Pass Fire may threaten the life of a protected species – the cutthroat trout – according to the conservationists. However, the fire seems not to have caused any deaths, residents in the nearby areas having been displaced when the fire started.

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Thu, 28/07/2016 - 01:19

Floods affecting Europe and the United-States

Floods in France. Image with courtesy of Philippe Derrien

Massive floods recently affected Europe and the United-States. In the case of the United States, the Integrated Multisatellite Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) system - using data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and from the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA) - recorded rainfalls triggered by tropical depression Bonnie. 


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Mon, 13/06/2016 - 10:41

USGS releases new national seismic maps

Seismic Hazard Map of the US released in 2014 by USGS

On 17 July 2014, USGS released several Updated National Seismic Hazard Maps, accompanied with a report for the 2014 Update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps.

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Mon, 28/07/2014 - 12:01

GRACE satellite shows groundwater loss in US

Map of the groundwater deficit based on GRACE data

In a new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, several maps combining data from the satellites of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) with other satellite and ground-based measurements modeled the quantity of groundwater in the Colorado River Basin. The scientists found our that more than 75 percent of the water lost since 2004 in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin has come from underground sources.

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Fri, 25/07/2014 - 18:00

USGS announces forthcoming 3D Elevation Programme

High-resolution lidar image of Mount St. Helens, Washington

A new 3D Elevation Programme (3DEP), is the outcome of a partnership between USGS and other federal, state, local and private agencies in the United States, designed to respond to the growing needs for three-dimensional mapping data of the United States.

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Thu, 24/07/2014 - 10:52

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Founded in 1862, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.


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International Charter activated for Hurricane Sandy

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated twice in the context of Hurricane Sandy - the largest Atlantic tropical storm system on record. UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA activated the mechanism on 29 October 2012 for Haiti. Hurricane Sandy tore through the Caribbean between 26-28 October, leaving a reported 51 dead in Haiti and another 15 missing. The country's housing and terrain are particularly vulnerable to flooding, and the refugee camps from the 2010 earthquake have also been affected by the storm.


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Tue, 13/11/2012 - 11:27


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