Land Recovery in Ishinomaki

Land Recovery in Ishinomaki
  • Credit:

    NASA image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using ALI data from the EO-1 team. Caption by Michon Scott.

Eleven months after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, the waters that once inundated Ishinomaki had retreated, draining away from agricultural fields. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this image on February 21, 2012.

Like the previous ASTER image in this slideshow, acquired in the immediate days after the tsunami, this false-color view is aimed at distinguishing between water and land. Water is blue, vegetation is red, and bare ground and urbanized areas are blue-gray or earth-toned.

This scene shows a city that is drier than the previous spring, but by no means back to normal. The March 2011 event destroyed about 28,000 homes and left the local economy in ruins.

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  • Data Date:

    February 21, 2012
  • Visualization Date:

    March 7, 2012
  • Sensor(s):

    EO-1 - ALI
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration