Lights out in Tacloban: Satellite image before and after Typhoon Haiyan

November 12, 2013

For the city of Tacloban, where over 80 percent of the buildings are destroyed and ten thousand people are feared dead, super typhoon Haiyan was literally a knock-out blow.

This before and after satellite sequence of night lights in the central Philippines shows the city going completely dark in the wake of the storm.


Animation showing the central Philippines before (October 31) and after (November 10) Typhoon Haiyan passed by. (Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, CIRA, at Colorado State University )

In fact, the power appears to get cut along a 125 mile-wide (200 km) swath north of the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod from east to west.

This imagery comes from the day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard the Suomi NPP satellite.

The before image (below) was taken on October 31.


Satellite night lights image of the central Philippines before (October 31) Typhoon Haiyan passed by. (Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, CIRA, at Colorado State University)

The after image (below) was taken on November 10, about two days after the storm passed.


Satellite night lights image of the central Philippines after (November 10) Typhoon Haiyan passed by. (Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, CIRA, at Colorado State University )

 

Related: Super typhoon Haiyan: One of world’s most powerful storms in history from space

 

Gallery: Aerial views of the devastation

 

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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