Typhoon Etau (11W) south of Japan

Typhoon Etau (11W) south of Japan
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The MODIS instrument onboard NASA’s Terra spacecraft captured this bird’s-eye view of Typhoon Etau as it was buffeting the southern island chain of Okinawa, affecting airlines, a refinery and other industries.

In this image the center of Etau is located just north of Nago city and is moving north at 20 kilometers per hour with sustained winds of 144 kilometers per hour. Forecasters are predicting the storm will reach Kagoshima city on Kyushu island tomorrow and then veer off to the Sea of Japan, avoiding Tokyo.

Images & Animations


File Dimensions

  • 850x1100
  • JPEG 221 KB
  • 1700x2200
  • JPEG 710 KB
  • 3400x4400
  • JPEG 2 MB
  • 6800x8800
  • JPEG 6 MB

Note: Often times, due to the size, browsers have a difficult time opening and displaying images. If you experiece an error when clicking on an image link, please try directly downloading the image (using a right click, save as method) to view it locally.


  • Data Date:

    August 7, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    August 7, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration