High Resolution Satellite Photo of Typhoon Saomai

Typhoon Saomai in Google EarthSuper Typhoon Saomai struck mainland China today causing over 1 million evacuations. Over 100 have been reported dead so far. This storm struck with winds near 150 mph putting it in the same class as Hurricane Katrina last year. A recently processed color high resolution satellite photo is overlayed in Google Earth showing the storm as it struck China just a few hours ago. See Google News stories on the storm. Image courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project at NASA/GSFC (500m resolution).
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About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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