Sendai Bay - February 2012

Sendai Bay - February 2012
  • Credit:

    NASA image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using data from the NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. Caption by Michon Scott.

Eleven months after the earthquake and tsunami, agricultural fields near Sendai Bay appeared to have returned to normal, at least on the surface. The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image on February 11, 2012. In this false-color image, water is blue, vegetation is red, and fallow fields are pink-beige.

Compared to the image acquired by the same sensor on March 19, 2011, this scene shows a dried-out landscape. Not only has the saltwater drained off the fields, but the borders between fields are apparent again. Overall, the vegetation appears less robust than in March 2011, though that could be a result of seasonal differences (late winter instead of early spring).

Images & Animations


File Dimensions

  • 720x480
  • JPEG
  • 2067x3219
  • JPEG 2 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:

    February 11, 2012
  • Visualization Date:

    March 8, 2012
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - ASTER
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration