Above you see the ocean wide tsunami wave propagation. It was not that kind of wave that knocked out the geodetic instrument situated close to the North Pole though. It was the gravitational consequences of all that mass movement, both the continental plates and the immense water body.
This is actually a satellite image of Algeria consisting of multiple shots by Landsat 7. The reason why I post yet another of my own posts is that I have reasons to believe I inspired NASA to look at this image from a similar perspective, namely the arts perspective. This is their latest presentation of their own image - now with a caption and title referring to arts. :-) I'm just saying....;-)
No, I'm not referring to the sometimes fact that pretty pictures can make you forget pain. With the help of the extra, extra, super hard X-ray machine in Grenoble, we can actually (we reads the scientists who are experts on this) see how pain is handled by drugs. Pretty awesome, if you ask me. And I am just getting off my drugs after my visit to the dentist today. :-)
Japan is well prepared for disasters, but this combined earthquake and tsunami is too much even for them. The international community has agreed to make their earth observation satellites available to governments in needs, like Japan right now, through the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. There will be satellite images based on various techniques available soon, also to the public. Right now, it is the specialist and crisis teams who use them.
PlanetBye is a blog run by Bente Lilja Bye aka Stellare. PlanetBye covers mainly scientific topics but also completely random topics like art, social media, personal ramblings etc. The posts on this blog are generally short with links to further reading and sources of information. Clicking on images is encouraged.