Image of the Week - Deadly Mudslides in Japan

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Torrential rainfall swamped western Japan in July of 2018. The rain caused mudslides that flooded cities, damaged buildings and rattled the
nation’s infrastructure. More than 170 people died.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.

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Image Dimensions: 960 x 540

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Length: 00:01:11

Location Taken: JP

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Torrential rainfall swamped western Japan in July of 2018.
The rain caused mudslides that flooded cities, damaged buildings and rattled the
nation’s infrastructure. More than 170 people died.
These Landsat 8 images highlight the rush of muddy water that tore through the
cities of Fukuyama and Kurashiki on its way to the ocean.
The waters of the Ashida and Takahashi Rivers appear light tan and gray in the first
image, which was captured May 22.
The colors changed when the mudslides began. Each river becomes a thick, tan-
colored snake of murky liquid on July 9, sending swirls of sediment into the sea.
The images are close to natural color. They were created using bands 4, 3, and 1 on
Landsat 8’s Operational Land Imager. Band One is sensitive to suspended sediment
in water.
Landsat data archived at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS)
Center can be used to monitor, study and respond to natural hazards worldwide.