Satellite imagery maps Hurricane Katrina-induced flooding and oil slicks

Eos, Earth and Space Science News



In the early morning of 29 August 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Buras, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane. With wind speeds of about 233 kilometers per hour, a storm surge of 8.5 meters, and heavy rains, Katrina pounded the U.S. Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi with lifethreatening flooding and destruction. Katrina's high winds and storm surge breached the levees protecting New Orleans, a city located below sea level, and flooded approximately 80% of the city.

Katrina also caused major damage to the region's oil and natural gas production and refining capabilities. On 2 September 2005, the Associated Press reported that Katrina had damaged 58 oil platforms, 30 of which were reported lost; one damaged platform had been blown nearly 100 km from its original location.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Satellite imagery maps Hurricane Katrina-induced flooding and oil slicks
Series title Eos, Earth and Space Science News
DOI 10.1029/2005EO410003
Volume 86
Issue 41
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 2 p.
First page 381
Last page 382
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