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Earthquake damage seen from space

By: Katherine Butler on Sept. 23, 2012, 4:09 p.m.
NASA photo of Pakistan earthquake

Photo: NASA

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Makhri, Pakistan

On Oct. 8, 2005, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake ripped across northern Pakistan. In this photo, we see the village of Makhri, north of Muzzaffarabad, on Oct. 9, 2005. The “cascade” of white-gray is a collapsed mountain sending sediment into the Neelum River, altering the course of the river. This devastating earthquake killed more than 51,300 people, leaving another 3 million displaced.


In the future, experts hope that improved imaging from NASA may help predict earthquakes. Scientists believe that using techniques such as Interferometric-Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) may produce enough data to see any changes in ground motion at the surface — before the big one hits.