The first satellite images from the earthquake in Chile are starting to roll in. Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, has been sending back images today. They’re not high-res, but they’re still quite stunning. In the image below, you can see what appears to be silt and dirt in the water, apparently as a result of the quake.
We’ve put together his three images into a single KMZ file so you can take a look using Google Earth. I’d expect Google will release some images within the next day or so, but no word on that yet.
In the meantime, Google has started putting together some information about the quake. They encourage users to contribute data via Map Maker, and they’ve created a special version of the Person Finder tool to help loved ones locate each other.
In addition, they’ve set up an earthquake relief page, which allows you to easily contribute a donation to the cause.
If you’re aware of other resources we should mention, please leave a comment and let us know.
[UPDATE 28-Feb, 4:54pm EST]
Astronaut Noguchi has sent back another image, this time of Santiago, the capital city of Chile. You can download the KMZ file here or check out the image below.
Still no word on any official imagery from Google, but I suspect it’s coming soon.