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May 13, 2013 - Wildfire data available for download

Last week, NASA Earth Observatory released a change pair of Landsat Data Continuity Mission images that showed before and after the southern California wildfire.

May 9, 2013 - Landsat 8 view of southern California burn scar

Stunning before and after images of the burn scar of the southern California wildfire have been released on the NASA Earth Observatory page. These images were acquired by the newest Landsat satellite, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission.

June 28, 2011 - Landsat 7 was overhead

Landsat 7 was overhead on Saturday, June 25, 2011 as the Souris River in Minot, North Dakota exceeded the 1881 flooding record by over 4 feet. The images below show the area before the flooding on May 16, and again on June 25. (See Imagery)

June 6, 2011 - Landsat 5 captures image of Massachusetts tornado

A tornado cut a massive 39-mile swath of destruction across southwest and south-central Massachusetts on June 1, 2011. (Image below courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory)

June 2011 Tornado track near Sturbridge Massachusetts

May 7, 2008 - Landsat Satellite Imagery Used to Assess the Impact of Myanmar's Cyclone Nargis

USGS is providing Landsat satellite imagery to aid rescue and recovery efforts in Myanmar in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis’s landfall on May 3. International emergency response teams are using the Landsat images to assess the extent of flood damage caused by the cyclone in the affected region. Read the News Release - .pdf (479 KB)


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