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Post Typhoon Haiyan EROS B Imagery of Tacloban, Philippines

Posted on December 3rd, 2013

The destruction and human suffering left in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan is stark and tragic. Slamming into southern Philippines with winds recorded at 194 miles per hour and a storm surge approximately 17-feet tall, Haiyan laid waste to nearly everything in its path. One of the hardest hit cities was the regional capital on the island of Leyte, Tacloban, with a population of 215,000+. At the time this article was written, Haiyan had been blamed for nearly 4,000 deaths with more than 1,600 still officially missing. Just several days after the landfall of Haiyan on November 7, 2013 over the Philippines, the ~70-cm panchromatic satellite, EROS B, collected low cloud-cover imagery over the most devastated areas of Tacloban. ImageSat, the owners of EROS B, shared this data with us and our readers of The Geospatial Times. As there was no pre-typhoon EROS B imagery available, we selected three areas with extreme damage to feature in this short piece. Each of these images were collected on November 13, 2013 at 68-cm resolution. We enhanced each to make them as crisp as possible. In the first image, you can see three large ships (each well over 20-meters long) that were washed … testContinue reading

Small World – Manila, Philippines

Posted on August 6th, 2013

My first recollection of the Philippines was related to Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. Not due to the alleged corruption of their administration and rule, but because of Mrs. Marcos’ collection of 3,000 pairs of shoes. Odd, I know. It was just this past year that a story was released that her famed 3,000 pair collection of designer shoes was destroyed due to flooding and termites. You see, after she was told to hit the road in exile from the country, she had to leave behind her walking shoes (and her dancing shoes, and dinner shows, etc.). Apparently the country didn’t see fit to memorialize the fruits of corruption of the former regime. But those shoes wouldn’t help us get to from Vietnam, our last stop in this Small World, to the Philippines anyways, as the South China Sea requires that we find a different mode of travel. Manila was originally referred to as Maynilad at the time of its inception, coming from the nilad plant which is a shrub-like marsh bush native to the area. It was eventually shortened to its modern-day name, and in 1975, under the dictatorship of Marcos, the contiguous cities abutting Manila became known as Metropolitan … testContinue reading

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