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Hurricane Irma | 09.06.17

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    Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 175 miles an hour, has torn through the Caribbean. DigitalGlobe has mobilized resources within our company to support immediate relief efforts following the s

    The released imagery and Tomnod crowdsourcing results can be downloaded here.

Hurricane Harvey | 08.25.17

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    Although DigitalGlobe’s Open Data Program typically activates when a major disaster affects a developing country without the resources to fully respond, there are exceptions. The record-shattering Hurricane Harvey continues to inundate Houston and surrounding communities with more than 40 inches of rain as it slowly makes its way along the coast. Harvey is now hitting Lousiana, and storm surge alerts are in effect along the Gulf Coast. Emergency responders are overwhelmed with search and rescue operations, and there have been at least 30 deaths reported so far. DigitalGlobe plans to release pre and post event imagery over affected areas. In addition, we will work with partners to release flood layers and damage assessments to further aid in relief

    The released imagery and Tomnod crowdsourcing results can be downloaded here.

Sierra Leone Mudslide | 08.14.17

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    Mudslides outside of Freetown were triggered by ongoing, intense rains, causing the deaths of at least 312 people. Many are still missing, and search and rescue missions are underway in the most affected communities.

    The released imagery can be downloaded here.

Monsoon in Nepal, India, Bangladesh | 08.14.17

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    Heavy monsoon rains and landslides across Nepal, India, and Bangladesh have caused the deaths of 175 people and have displaced millions more. For several days, the region has been suffering from relentless downpours and flash floods, not only causing significant loss of life but also destroying homes and crops in all three countries.

    The released imagery can be downloaded here.

Mocoa Landslide | 04.01.17

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    On April 1, heavy rains in the city of Mocoa, Colombia triggered flash flooding and landslides killing over 300 people. Entire neighborhoods along the banks of the rivers were devastated, leaving Mocoa buried in mud. At least 400 people were injured and another 100 are missing. It took weeks to restore power and clean water to the community, and the extent of impact is still largely unknown as Mocoa tries to recover.

    The released imagery can be downloaded here.

Tropical Cyclone Enawo | 03.07.17

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    Intense Tropical Cyclone Enawo made landfall in north-eastern Madagascar’s Sava region on 7 March and then moved southward in an arc across central and south-eastern parts of the country as a tropical depression before exiting the country on the morning of 10 March. Madagascar’s National Office for the Management of Risks and Crises (BNGRC) recently reported 295,950 people have been affected by the cyclone, including 84,660 who remain displaced. The number of deaths due to the storm has risen to 50 with 20 people missing and 195 injured.

    The released imagery can be downloaded here.

Hurricane Matthew | 10.09.16

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    In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew wrought widespread destruction across the Caribbean and eastern United States. An estimated 1,600 lives were lost, and damages have been estimated at $10.5 billion. Haiti was hit especially hard, as the hurricane, persistent winds and severe flooding left 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian aid.

    The released imagery and Tomnod crowdsourcing results can be downloaded here.

Ecuador | 04.16.16

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    On April 16, 2016, Ecuador experienced a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake which resulted in the deaths of more than 600 people and left another 27,000 people injured. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, this was the strongest earthquake to impact Ecuador since 1979 and President Rafael Correa declared a national state of emergency.

    To support the disaster response in-country, within less than three days DigitalGlobe released before and after imagery of the areas impacted, as well as crowdsourced data layers identifying damaged buildings, impassable roads and other sites of major destruction. To provide maximum assistance to the relief efforts, these data were released in the public domain under a CC0 license. DigitalGlobe worked closely with partners such as the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and the United Nations to ensure that the information was disseminated as quickly and broadly as possible.

    Here is an interactive map showing the results from our Tomnod crowdsourcing campaign.

    The released imagery can be downloaded here.

Hurricane Patricia | 10.23.15

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    In late October 2015, Hurricane Patricia, the second-most intense tropical cyclone on record worldwide, made landfall in western Mexico. Total damage was estimated in excess of US$323.3 million, primarily in agricultural and infrastructure losses in rural areas of Mexico and flood damage in neighboring countries in Central America and southern Texas.

    The released imagery can be downloaded here.

Nepal | 04.25.15

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    In April, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000 people. The earthquake caused extensive damage, destroying entire villages across the country as well as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Four days after the earthquake, DigitalGlobe released before and after imagery of the affected regions to support disaster response efforts. We also tasked our satellites to collect additional post-event imagery in the following days. More than 58,000 people contributed to the Tomnod crowdsourcing campaign, tagging more than 21,000 damaged buildings and roads and areas of major destruction.

    The released imagery can be downloaded here.

Haiti | 01.12.10

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    On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Port-au-Price, Haiti. An estimated 100,000 to 160,000 people were killed and around 250,000 homes were severely damaged.

    In the following days, DigitalGlobe tasked our constellation of satellites to collect imagery of the affected area. More than 6.7 terabytes of data were made available to the United Nations and relief agencies.

    The released imagery can be downloaded here.

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