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How NASA helped Turkey find relief after the terrible earthquake

NASA is collecting and sharing aerial photos and data from orbit to assist rescue personnel and to construct a model to forecast future disasters. The earthquake in southern Turkey and western Syria is said to have killed about 235,000 people.

More than 235 thousand people have been confirmed dead as a result of the terrible earthquake that struck southern Turkey and western Syria on February 6. Meanwhile, NASA said on Saturday that it is preparing to acquire and share aerial images and data from orbit to aid rescue personnel. This data will also assist security staff in developing a model that would anticipate similar attacks in advance.

Images from the Earth Observatory in Singapore and NASA in Southern California were merged before and after the earthquake in Turkey to generate a ‘damage proxy map’ for Turkey. Looking at these images, one can readily see the circumstances before and after the occurrence.

Let us inform you about one of NASA’s primary capabilities: the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). The earth may be viewed in all weather conditions, day or night, following such occurrences, how the earth’s surface acts, and what changes occur in the constructed landscape using SAR. NASA scientists want to add a new tool to their post-earthquake evaluation toolbox.

In July 2022, the Earth’s Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT) equipment was launched to the International Space Station. It can measure methane emissions by observing the composition of elements in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Even on the sixth day after the accident, the rescue operation was still going on. Even now, the hunt for such persons who can be saved is ongoing. According to data, the earthquake on February 6 killed around 23,831 persons in Turkey and Syria. Relief supplies have been provided from India in multiple consignments to assist the people of both nations.

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