Italy – November 17th, 2013
Visible in the center of this image is Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy. A white cloud of ash and steam can be seen spewing forth from the volcano, which is already erupting for the third time in 2013 (previous ones were on 11 April and 26 October). Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity.
Typhoon Danas (23W) – October 7th, 2013
A tropical depression formed northeast of Guam. It strengthened into Tropical Depression 23W on October 3. Late on October 4, the JMA upgraded it to Tropical Storm Danas. The PAGASA gave the name Ramil as it pass through the corner of the Philippine area of responsibility on a short matter of time very late on October 6 as a Category 3 typhoon. On October 7, Typhoon Danas entered warm waters as it became a Category 4 typhoon.
Tropical Storms 22W and 23W (Danas) – October 6th, 2013
Typhoon Danas is forecast to strike Japan at about 18:00 GMT on 8 October. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 35.2 N, 132.3 E. Danas is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 120 km/h (74 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.
Typhoon Wutip (20W) – September 30th, 2013
At least 70 people have been reported missing after a typhoon caused three fishing boats to sink in the South China Sea, Chinese state media say.
Five boats carrying more than 150 people encountered strong winds from Typhoon Wutip on Sunday, Xinhua news agency says citing maritime officials.
A rescue operation is under way and reports say 14 people have been found.
The storm is expected to make landfall in central Vietnam on Monday and thousands have been evacuated there.
Typhoon Pabuk (19W) Metop2/AVHRR – September 24th, 2013
Typhoon Pabuk (19W) off the coast of Japan tracked from space by several Earth Observation satellites. All images were acquired on September 24th, 2013.
Suomi-NPP/VIIRS – Day
Suomi-NPP/VIIRS – Night
USA – August 24th, 2013
Night Image – Fire Front
Firefighters in California are struggling to gain control of a huge wildfire which has reached the edge of Yosemite National Park. The Rim Fire covers nearly 225 sq miles (582 sq km) and threatens a major reservoir serving San Francisco.
The detail image shows the extent of the fire front. The image acquired during the day of the 24 August can be compared with the image taken at night on the same day.
The fire is just 7% contained after burning for more than a week, officials say, up from 2% containment on Friday. Strong winds have fanned the flames closer to nearby towns raising the risk of flying debris sparking more fires.
More than 5,000 homes are endangered by the blaze, which began on 17 August from still unknown causes in the Stanislaus National Forest.