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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:

    ONE PHOTO

  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.


    ONE PHOTO

  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 38 months ago | reply

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

  13. cha_autumn 33 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!

    Love,

    Autumn

  14. prevention_web 26 months ago | reply

    Thanks for putting this under Creative Commons. We've used it for our story:
    Nuovo sistema anti tsunami in Giappone
    preventionweb.net/english/professional/news/v.php?id=25661
    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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