Natural Hazards Image Database
Photographs and other visual media provide valuable pre- and post-event data for natural
hazards. Research, mitigation, and forecasting rely on visual data for post-analysis,
inundation mapping and historic records. Instrumental data only reveal a portion of
the whole story; photographs explicitly illustrate the physical and societal impacts
from an event.
This resource provides high-resolution geologic and damage photographs from natural
hazards events, including earthquakes, tsunamis, slides, volcanic eruptions and geologic
movement (faults, creep, subsidence and flows). The earliest images date back to 1886.
Each event also links to NGDC?s Global Historical hazards databases, which provide
details for these events.