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Osaka by Yodo River and Osaka Bay, Japan – January 13th, 2012

34.6N 135.5E

January 13th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Japan - January 9th, 2012

Situated near the center of this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image is Osaka, a city in the Kansai region of Japan’s main island of Honshu, the capital city of Osaka Prefecture. Located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is the third largest city by population after Tokyo (special wards) and Yokohama.

The city of Osaka has its west side open to Osaka Bay. It is otherwise completely surrounded by more than ten smaller cities, all of them in Osaka Prefecture, with one exception: the city of Amagasaki, belonging to Hyōgo Prefecture, in the northwest. The city occupies a larger area (about 13%) than any other city or village within Osaka Prefecture. The highest point in Osaka is in Tsurumi-ku at 37.5 metres (123.0 ft), and the lowest point is in Nishiyodogawa-ku at −2.2 metres (−7.2 ft).

Nagoya by Ise Bay, Japan – January 9th, 2012

35.1N 136.9E

January 10th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Japan - January 9th, 2012

Visible as a white area in this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image is Nagoya, the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan. Located on the Pacific coast in the Chūbu region on central Honshu, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan’s major ports. It is also the center of Japan’s third largest metropolitan region, known as the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area.

Nagoya lies north of Ise Bay on the Nōbi Plain. The city was built on low-level plateaus to ward off water damage. The plain is one of the fertile lands of Japan, which allowed for the development of agriculture. The Kiso River flows to the west along the city border, the Shōnai River comes in from the northeast and takes a southern towards the bay at Nishi Ward. The man-made Hori River was constructed as a canal in the 1610 and flows from north to south, and is a part of the Shōnai River system. The rivers allowed for trade to develop with the hinterland. The Tenpaku River feeds from a number of smaller river in the east, flows briefly south at Nonami and then west at Ōdaka into the bay.

New Earthquake Felt in Northeast Japan – July 30th, 2011

37.7N 140.4E

July 30th, 2011 Category: Earthquakes

Japan - July 30th, 2011

Fukushima - July 19th, 2011

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has been felt in northeast Japan, shaking buildings in the capital Tokyo, reports say. The quake’s epicentre was off the east coast of Honshu. The main orthorectified image focuses on the northeastern coast of that island on the day of the recent quake.

It struck in the same area as the 11 March earthquake and tsunami but no abnormalities at Japanese nuclear plants were reported, Reuters reports. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warning was issued.

More than 20,000 people died or were reported missing as a result of the disaster in March, which also crippled nuclear reactors in the Fukushima area. The detail image, also orthorectified, gives a recent view of that area, with Tokyo partially visible at the bottom upon opening the full version.

Snow Along Western Coast and Cities Along Eastern Coast of Japan

35.0N 135.7E

April 26th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Japan - April 17th, 2011

Snow covers the mountains parallel to the western coast of Japan’s main island, Honshu. A few patches of snow can be observed atop the mountains near the eastern coast, although Mount Fuji (whose conical summit can be seen in the full image, west of Tokyo), appears snow-free.

Several cities can be observed along the coast. In the lower left quadrant are Osaka (left) and Nagoya (right), with Kyoto inbetween the two. At the center right is Tokyo and its surrounding metropolitan area.

 

Awaji Island and Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan

34.6N 135.1E

December 20th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Japan - December 19th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows Awaji Island (top in thumbnail image), in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea between the islands of Honshū (right and above in full image) and Shikoku (left), Japan. The island has an area of 592.17 km².

The island is separated from Honshū by the Akashi Strait and from Shikoku by the Naruto Strait. In the full image, the Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge, also known as the Pearl Bridge, can be seen linking the city of Kobe on the mainland of Honshū to Iwaya on Awaji Island by crossing the busy Akashi Strait. The bridge has the longest central span of any suspension bridge, at 1,991 metres (6,532 ft).

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