Posts Tagged ‘japan’

Successful GPM Launch Marks New Era in Earth Observation

A joint mission between NASA and Japan’s space agency, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, will for the first time provide near real-time information about rain and snow around the globe.

Massive earthquake strikes near Japan

Originally Published by EarthSky- A powerful earthquake struck Saturday morning (local time) off Japan’s east coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS is placing the magnitude of the quake at 7.3 at this time. No Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued, but a 3-foot (3-meter) tsunami warning from Japan’s Meteorological Agency includes included a stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast, including the crippled Fukushima nuclear site. Later, Japanese television reported that the tsunami height was smaller, reaching only 1 foot (30 centimeters).

Public Participation in Remote Sensing (PPRS): Integration of Local Knowledge and Technology-Based Surface Temperature Change Monitoring

By Fatwa Ramdani Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan Expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesia has contributed to a total forest loss of about 8 million hectares over the past 25 years. This expansion is attributable to the conversion of primary, secondary, or log forests. It is well-understood that land-cover changes influence the surface temperature on […]

Fukushima radiation levels 18 times higher than previously thought


Originally Published by The Guardian — Radiation levels 18 times higher than previously reported have been found near a water storage tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, prompting fresh concern over safety at the wrecked facility.

Earth Observation Resources on the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Before-and-after images of the areas affected by the tsunami.

Location of NOAA buoys located near and around Japan. Courtesy NOAA.On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, along with massive tidal waves, hit Japan with incredible force, causing catastrophic devastation. Earthzine is compiling relevant Earth imaging resources.