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May 22, 2018
July 9, 2018

Deadly Mudslides in Japan

These Landsat 8 images highlight the rush of muddy water that tore through the cities of Fukuyama and Kurashiki on its way to the ocean.

The waters of the Ashida and Takahashi Rivers appear light tan and gray in the first image, which was captured May 22.

The colors changed when the mudslides began. Each river becomes a thick, tan-colored snake of murky liquid on July 9, sending swirls of sediment into the sea. The images are close to natural color. They were created using bands 4, 3, and 1 on Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager. Band 1 is sensitive to suspended sediment in water.

Landsat data archived at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center can be used to monitor, study and respond to natural hazards worldwide.

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May 22, 2018
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