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Sentinel-1 provides insight on the 2017 Ischia earthquake

22 March 2018

The European Union's Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites, together with the COSMO-SkyMed constellation, provided important data related to the 2017 Ischia earthquake.

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Kalamos fires

23 August 2017

Wildfires have broken out across southern Europe as a heatwave grips the region. This animation created using images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites show the live blaze and aftermath of wildfires that devastated an area about 35 km northeast of Athens, Greece, in mid-August.

Sentinel-1 reveals ground deformation after Aegean Sea earthquake

04 August 2017

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred in the Aegean Sea on 20 July 2017, affecting the Greek island of Kos and Bodrum in south-west Turkey. Images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission were used to map the ground deformation, providing valuable data for analysis.

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Vesuvius on fire

14 July 2017

With Italy suffering high temperatures and drought, wildfires have broken out including blazes that are ravaging the slopes of Mount Vesuvius near Naples. Using images taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite on 12 July 2017, the animation combines different sensor bands to highlight the numerous separate fires around this iconic volcano and the smoke billowing over the surrounding area.

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Satellites shed new light on earthquakes

24 March 2017

Satellite radar scans of last year's earthquake in New Zealand are changing the way we are thinking about earthquake hazards in regions where our planet's tectonic plates meet.

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Sentinel satellites reveal east-west shift in Italian quake

03 November 2016

New information on the effects of the 30 October earthquake that struck central Italy continues to emerge as scientists analyse radar scans from satellites.

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Keep an automatic eye on seismic zones

28 October 2016

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 twin radar satellites combined with cloud computing are monitoring Europe's earthquake zones by searching for ground shifts as small as a millimetre.

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Earth's most active volcanoes on satellite watch

20 October 2016

As hundreds flee lava and ash spewed from Mexico's Colima volcano, its continuing eruption is being tracked not only by ground instruments but also from space. Starting last month, Colima is one of 22 active volcanoes worldwide being monitored by satellites.

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Sentinel-1 provides new insight into Italy's earthquake

29 August 2016

On 24 August, an earthquake struck central Italy, claiming at least 290 lives and causing widespread damage. Satellite images are being used to help emergency aid organisations, while scientists have begun to analyse ground movement.

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ESA's Dragon cooperation with China extended to 2020

08 July 2016

ESA and China have launched the fourth phase of the collaborative Dragon programme in Wuhan City, on the Yangtze River, which recently experienced major floods witnessed by Europe's Sentinel-1 satellite.

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Sentinel-1 helping Cyclone Roanu relief

26 May 2016

Cyclone Roanu has claimed over 100 lives in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and has left tens of thousands in need of aid. Officials are looking to the sky for information on flooded areas to analyse the cyclone's aftermath and support emergency response activities.

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Sentinel-1A spots potential oil slick from missing EgyptAir plane

20 May 2016

The Sentinel-1A radar satellite has detected a potential oil slick in the eastern Mediterranean Sea - in the same area where EgyptAir flight MS804 disappeared early yesterday morning on its way from Paris to Cairo.

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Canadian fires tracked by satellites

19 May 2016

Wildfires have been raging in Canada's Alberta province for nearly three weeks, causing widespread destruction and forcing thousands of people from their homes. As the blaze grows and shifts, satellites are tracking its movement.

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Keeping transport systems on track

29 February 2016

Operators of UK transport networks are the first who are set to benefit from Live Land, a satellite-based land monitoring system developed through ESA.

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Shaping next-generation scientists

29 September 2015

With the new Earth observation satellites carrying a range of technologies such as radar and multispectral imaging instruments for land, ocean and atmospheric monitoring, data are available for the next 20-30 years. However, this means little unless there are capable people handling them.

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ESA Space App Camp 2015

11 September 2015

ESA's fourth Space App Camp starts on Monday, with 23 professional app developers from all across Europe at the Agency's facility in Frascati, Italy.

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Sentinel-1 monitors Alaskan flood

27 May 2015

Sentinel-1A's SAR radar instrument has been used to monitor extensive flooding along the Dalton Highway in the state of Alaska, U.S.A.

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Nepal earthquake on the radar

29 April 2015

On 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, claiming over 5000 lives and affecting millions of people. Satellite images are being used to support emergency aid organisations, while geo-scientists are using satellite measurements to analyse the effects of the earthquake on the land.

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Surface changes of Villarrica Volcano seen from Sentinel-1A

06 March 2015

A Red Alert has been declared in southern Chile after the eruption of the Villarrica volcano early on 3 March. Thousands of residents in the area have been evacuated and the International Charter Space & Major Disasters has been activated by Chile's risk management authority ONEMI.

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Sentinel-1 monitors floods in Malawi

29 January 2015

Sentinel-1 has contributed to aid disaster response efforts in Malawi, following devastating floods which have affected the south African nation in January 2015.