GFMC: Urban Fires in the United States

United States of America 

18 September 2001

On Tuesday 11 September 2001 the United States of America suffered severe urban fires caused by aerial attacks of kidnapped airplanes hitting the World Trade Center in New York and the Ministry for Defense (Pentagon) in Washington. The number of casualties is not yet known.

Near-real time satellite images
Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI)
The following significant events were identified by Satellite Analysis Branch meteorologists and reviewed by the OSEI support team of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

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NESDIS/OSEI NOAA-12 POES AVHRR LAC satellite image, 12 September 2001.

The image shows the smoke plume drifting south from the burning
World Trade Center fires, depicted by NOAA AVHRR.
(Source: OSEI/NOAA)

Nasa´s Earthobservatory

This true-color image was taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) aboard the Landsat 7 satellite on September 12, 2001, at roughly 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

For details see:
Source: Nasa´s Earthobservatory
(Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land
Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC )

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This photograph ahs been taken by the Space Shuttle Mission in orbit
during the fires burning in the World Trade Center. Coutesy: NASA

SPOT:  Composite satellite scenes depicted by SPOT show the situation on 11 September at 11:55 New York local time.
click here for image 1(pdf file)
Source: SPOT Image

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) RADARSAT-1 Disaster Watch Report
Disaster Watch Reports 14-18/9/2001
Civil Disaster, USA (2 image(s):
13 Sep 01 23:01:35 UTC; F5F-16; cycle 88 orbit 322.11072 duration 0.00406; RT: In -GSS)
14 Sep 01 11:14:44 UTC; S3-16; cycle 88 orbit 329.38711 duration 0.01; RT: In -GSS)
15 Sep 01 10:44:49 UTC; EXTH3-16; cycle 89 orbit 0.38174 duration 0.01; RT: In -GSS)
18 Sep 01 10:57:23 UTC; F2-16; cycle 89 orbit 43.38162 duration 0.01; RT: In -GSS)

CSA RADARSAT-1 Disaster Watch
c/o: Satellite Operations
Canadian Space Agency

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