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Maule River Flowing by Concepción, Chile

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November 18th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Chile - November 15th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the city of Concepción, Chile. It is the capital of Concepción Province and of the Biobío Region. Greater Concepción (Gran Concepción, including Talcahuano, San Pedro de la Paz, Hualpén, Chiguayante, Penco, Tomé, Lota, Coronel, Hualqui and Concepción) is the second-largest conurbation in the country, with 889,725 inhabitants (2002 census). This metropolitan area appears bright white in the image.

Flowing across the image is the Maule River, with a length of 240 km and a basin covering around 20,600 km². The river originates in Laguna del Maule in Talca Province, at an altitude of 2,200 mt in the vicinity of the border with Argentina. From that point the rivers flows westwardly, towards Chile’s central valley. In its lower reaches, the river receives only one modest tributary, the Estero de los Puercos and, after flowing for nearly 250 kilometers, the Maule ends at the Pacific Ocean, north of the city of Constitución.

City of Concepción by Biobío River, Chile

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March 16th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Chile - February 18th, 2011

The Biobío River appears as a thick black line cutting through the Chilean landscape in this orthorectified image. The river is the widest river in Chile, with an average width of 1 km.

It is also the second largest river in Chile, originating from Icalma and Galletué Lakes in the Andes and flowing 380 km to the Gulf of Arauco on the Pacific Ocean. The city of Concepción can be seen near the mouth on the right bank.

Wildfires in Paraguay’s Presidente Hayes Department – June 8th, 2010

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June 8th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Paraguay - April 16th, 2010

Paraguay - April 16th, 2010

Several wildfires in Paraguay’s Presidente Hayes Department can be seen releasing smoke towards the southwest. These fires were probably set to clear fields or forest land for crops.

The department is bordered by the Alto Paraguay department to the North, Argentina to the South, the departments Concepción, San Pedro, Cordillera and Central to the East, and Boquerón department to the West.

Here, much of the Boquerón department appears tan in color due to the presence of cities and towns such as Filadelfia (center of the tan area).

Devastating 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Chile – March 1st, 2010

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March 1st, 2010 Category: Earthquakes, Image of the day

Chile - February 28th, 2010

Chile - February 28th, 2010

Chile has begun to count the cost of its deadly earthquake as nations around the Pacific eased their fears of a devastating tsunami. The quake, which occurred on Saturday morning, killed at least 350 people – 90% of them in their homes. It is feared the damage may cost tens of billions of dollars.

The epicenter was offshore of Chile’s Maule Region, near the city of Concepción, about 325 km (200 miles) southwest of Santiago. However, the effects of the 8.8 magnitude quake were felt as far away as Sao Paulo, Brazil – a distance of about 2850 kilometers.

It is the largest earthquake to hit Chile in 50 years and the sixth strongest ever recorded – 100 times stronger than the one that hit Haiti in January.  Over 50 aftershocks have been recorded.

The epicenter of the quake was towards the center of this image; Santiago is located towards the top. Upon opening the full version, the majority of the Chilean coast can be observed, from the Atacama Desert in the North to Patagonia in the South.

The death toll looks set to rise, following reports that about 350 people died in the town of Constitución alone. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said that two million people had been affected by the earthquake. Many Chileans in affected areas have spent the first night since the earthquake outdoors, afraid to stay inside.

Meanwhile fears of a devastating tsunami across the Pacific receded on Sunday. About 50 Pacific countries and territories had issued tsunami alerts, although on Sunday the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted its Pacific-wide alert. Japan has maintained an alert, issuing evacuation orders for 320,000 people around the coast. However, it downgraded it from major to normal – meaning waves of two metres were expected rather than three. French Polynesia and Tahiti were among those hit by high waves, but no casualties have been reported.