On Nov. 5, 2015, a dam at an iron-ore mine in southeastern Brazil burst, sending a wall of water, clay-red mud and debris downstream, overwhelming several villages in the path as seen by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
In the middle of the Arabian desert the city Green Oasis Wadi Al Dawasir is being developed as a new urban center for the Wadi Al Dawasir region of Saudi Arabia, as shown in this image from NASA's Terra spacecraft.
NASA Looks at Land Surface Changes Following Chilean Quake
On Sept. 16, 2015, a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck near the coast of central Chile along the boundary of the Nazca and South American tectonic plates. Maps known as interferograms show how the quake moved the ground, as observed by Sentinel-1A
Surface soil moisture in the Southeastern United States as retrieved from NASA's SMAP satellite observatory at around 6 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2015. Large parts of South Carolina appear blue, representing the impact of heavy localized rains and flooding.
This figure shows the longitude-time variations, averaged between 21 and 22 degrees North, across the middle of the India subcontinent from mid-April to mid-June in a deadly heat wave in India that killed more than 2,300 people.
SMAP Global Map of Surface Soil Moisture (Aug. 25-27, 2015)
A three-day composite global map of surface soil moisture as retrieved from NASA's SMAP's radiometer instrument between Aug. 25-27, 2015. Dry areas appear yellow/orange, such as the Sahara Desert, western Australia and the western U.S.
Angry Ecuadorian Volcano Imaged by NASA Spacecraft
After lying dormant for 70 years, Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador started erupting the week of Aug. 17, 2015. NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image on August 22, showing huge columns of ash that affected towns in the region.