2018 was a newsworthy year and 2019 didn’t miss a beat either. As the year comes to a close, we reflect on some of the most notable and historic events captured from space — from Saudi oil attacks, North Korean missile launches, flooding, earthquakes and more. Planet continues to make imagery available to news organizations, NGOs and first responders, providing the world with a unique perspective to make better decisions as events arise.
Our imagery shows a cloud-free view of the collapsed Anak Krakatau volcano in the Indonesian province of Lampung.
A dam with mineral waste collapsed in Brazil, with roughly 12 million cubic meters of mud flooding the landscape.
A billowy smoke trail was left behind by a North Korean launch on the Hodo Peninsula. The thick, smoky appearance of the exhaust suggested to experts that they launched a short-range ballistic missile.
Following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, a crack formed in the Ridgecrest area close to the quake’s epicenter.
Sixty 737 MAX planes were spotted in a section of Boeing Field near the 737 factory in Renton, Washington — a result of aviation safety regulators forcing the planes to be grounded after two crashes in a five month span.
A rocket appeared to have exploded on the launch pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran. The Middlebury Institute of International Studies analyzed our imagery to determine that the pad had been newly painted — and that multiple vehicles had surrounded the site in what appears to be preparation for launch.
Black smoke arose from a Saudi oil processing plant following a series of explosions caused by a drone attack.
The river Naka in Hinuma, Japan burst its banks and flooded homes as a result of Typhoon Hagibis, the biggest typhoon to hit Japan in decades.
Offutt Air Force Base sat in Missouri River floodwaters just south of Omaha, Nebraska. Nine aircraft were evacuated and approximately 30 buildings on base were flooded, officials said.
The Brazilian state of Para was ablaze, as fires increased and devastated various parts of the Amazon forest.
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