Natural Disasters

Forest Fires in Fort McMurray - May 2016

The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" has been activated in response to the two wild fires burning in the Fort McMurray area. Images from several satellites, including RADARSAT-2, are being provided to support emergency response efforts. More information on Forest Fires in Fort McMurray - May 2016.

Forest Fires in Fort McMurray - May 2016

Credit: Ryan Smith

Forest Fires in Panama - April 2016

Forest fires burned for weeks in the Darién province of Panama in April, requiring local authorities to seek help from national and international organizations.

Through the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters", the Canadian Space Agency provided four RADARSAT-2 satellite images to help Panama evaluate the extent of the damage caused by the forest fires. More information on Forest Fires in Panama - April 2016

Forest Fires in Panama - April 2016

Credit: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Cyclone Fantala in the Seychelles - Avril 2016

Cyclone Fantala passed over Farquhar Atoll in the Seychelles on April 17, causing severe damage. It is the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean, hovering between categories 4 and 5 from April 15 to 18.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency is providing RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information on Cyclone Fantala in the Seychelles - April 2016

Cyclone Fantala in the Seychelles

Credit: LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response/Jeff Schmaltz

Flooding in Iran - April 2016

Western and southwestern parts of Iran are suffering major flooding following days of heavy rain. Over 2500 people have been evacuated from several provinces.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency is providing RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information on the Flooding in Iran – April 2016

Flooding in Argentina - April 2016

A week of heavy rain has caused flooding in four provinces of Argentina, affecting thousands of people. It is believed that the weather is the result of the El Niño effect, and months' worth of rain fell in a matter of days.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency is providing RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information on the Flooding in Argentina – April 2016

Flood in the United States

Credit: Municipalidad de La Paz

Flood in the United States - March 2016

Days of heavy rainfall in the southern United States have caused record levels of flooding, stretching from Tennessee to Texas. Thousands of people have been affected by the disaster and the rain is expected to continue for several more days. It is the result of a slow-moving storm that is passing over the region, bringing heavy rain, wind and hail.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency provided RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information. More information on the Flood in the United States

Flood in the United States

Credit: U.S. Army National Guard

Cyclone Winston in Fiji - February 2016

Cyclone Winston hit Fiji on February 20, leaving at least 21 dead and destroying hundreds of homes. It is the worst cyclone to affect Fiji in decades and one of the most powerful storms in the southern hemisphere in recorded history.

As part of its participation in the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the Canadian Space Agency provided two RADARSAT-2 satellite images to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More information on the Cyclone Winston in Fiji

Cyclone Winston in Fiji

Credit: Royal New Zealand Air Force

Satellite detected waters in Savu area, Naitasiri province, Central division, Fiji

Credit: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2016) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency

Flood in Argentina - December 2015

Severe flooding struck South America at the end of 2015. The following RADARSAT-2 product prepared for the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" shows the extent of the flooding around the city of Concordia on December 29. More information on the flooding in Argentina

Flood in Argentina

Credit: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2015) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency. Map produced by CONAE

Floods in Alberta - June 2013

This animation produced from RADARSAT-2 data captured in June 2013, shows the maximum (in red) and minimum extent of the flooding in the High River region in Alberta.