Group on Earth Observations Tohoku-oki (Japan) earthquake supersite
Published May 17, 2011, By Falk Amelung, Lead, Task DA-09-01c on Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories Task, University of Miami, Florida, USA
The tragic 11 March 2011 earthquake offshore northern Japan (known as the Tohoku-oki earthquake) and the tsunami that followed left more than 27,000 dead or missing. The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters provided satellite imagery to support the rescue efforts. The GEO Geohazard Supersite went into action to collect Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) multispectral imagery as well as GPS and seismic data to better understand what exactly happened during the earthquake. Space agencies and other contributors to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) supported these and other actions.