Japan’s Waters Run Brown after Typhoon Jebi

Japan’s Waters Run Brown after Typhoon Jebi

A day after one of the strongest typhoons to hit Japan in decades slammed into Honshu, the clouds had cleared and sediment swirled in Osaka Bay and elsewhere along the island’s southeastern coast.

On September 5, 2018, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of Osaka Bay and the Kansai region. Note the brown plumes of suspended sediment at several river mouths pouring into the sea and fading to teal as the sediment-rich water mixed with sea water.

According to news reports, floodwaters have partially inundated Kansai Airport, prompting officials to suspend operations there. Some of the airport’s runways have flooded, and a ship crashed into the bridge that connects the airport to the mainland.

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  • Data Date:

    September 5, 2018
  • Visualization Date:

    September 5, 2018
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration