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NASA Satellite Image of Japan Captured March 11, 2011

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NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Japan one hour and 41 minutes before the quake hit. At the time Aqua passed overhead, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument captured a visible of Japan covered by clouds. The image was taken at 0405 UTC on March 11 (1:05 p.m. local time Japan /11:05 p.m. EST March 10). The quake hit at 2:46 p.m. local time/Japan.

Satellite: Aqua

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Aqua

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  1. mion.nl 38 months ago | reply

    I feel so sorry for all the people over there, really terrible what happened.

  2. laura0413 38 months ago | reply

    oh man... :(

  3. Bruciart 38 months ago | reply

    Seen in:


  4. Paula Sepulveda Palomo 38 months ago | reply

    That cloud looks like a dragon...my prayers are for Japan...

  5. eroberts718 38 months ago | reply

    Stay safe Japan, Prayers ARE being said

  6. lennonli 38 months ago | reply

    pray for japan

  7. ~ WessexWill ~ 38 months ago | reply

    puts it all straight into perspective, hard to bear.

  8. mion.nl 38 months ago | reply

    Welcome to the ONE PHOTO pool!
    15th week contest--4th year.


  9. marta1929 38 months ago | reply

    mis consuelos a todas , las familias japonesas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lamento mucho lo ocurrido !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lidia coronel

  10. Stefano.Minella 38 months ago | reply

    be strong brothers! we pray for you!
    SOS Solidarity to Japan (Earthquake and Tsunami march 2011)

  11. guineapigcrazy 38 months ago | reply

    wow amazing i feel so sorry for japan people please look at my photos guinea pig bom bom or guinea pig tic tac

  12. robin_bleu 37 months ago | reply

    More prayers for Japan, praying for its people and all lives.

  13. cha_autumn 32 months ago | reply

    August 18, 2011

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    Hi! How are you? How old are you? I am thirty years old. Thank you for the captivating picture of Japan! I love it! You are amazing!



  14. prevention_web 25 months ago | reply

    Thanks for putting this under Creative Commons. We've used it for our story:
    Nuovo sistema anti tsunami in Giappone
    The credit, including the link to this page, is in the alt tag of the photo. It appears when you mouse over the photo.

  15. jens3cakes 25 months ago | reply

    Is it just me, but I see the clouds forming a heart over Japan.

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