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Natural Hazards Image Database

browse graphicA hole caused by liquefaction in New Brighton following the Christchurch earthquake.
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 NCEI's Global Historical hazards databases, which provide details for these events.
Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center: Natural Hazard Images Database, [event]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5154F01 [access date]
Online Access
Distribution Formats
  • TIF
    • File Specification: Tagged Image File Format (TIFF).
  • JPG
    • File Specification: Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG).
Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Point of Contact Heather McCullough
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-3707
Heather.McCullough@noaa.gov
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Date(s)
  • publication: 2012-02-01
Edition: First
Data Presentation Form: Digital image
Dataset Progress Status On Going
Data Update Frequency: Continual - Additions as new data are received.
Purpose: Make available damage images for research and education
Use Limitations
  • Please cite the originator of the data set, the date downloaded, and the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, as the source of the data.
Originator(s)
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publisher(s)
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA
Time Period: 1886 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Tectonics > Earthquakes
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Tectonics > Volcanic Activity
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Tectonic Landforms > Faults
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Geomorphic Landforms/Processes
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Geomorphic Landforms/Processes > Tectonic Processes > Subduction
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Waves > Tsunamis
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Waves > Seiches
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Human Dimensions > Natural Hazards > Tsunamis
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Human Dimensions > Natural Hazards > Landslides
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Human Dimensions > Natural Hazards > Land Subsidence
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Human Dimensions > Natural Hazards > Earthquakes
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Human Dimensions > Natural Hazards > Volcanic Eruptions
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Human Dimensions > Infrastructure
Data Center keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Place keywords
  • Geographic Region > Global Land
  • Geographic Region > Global Ocean
Keywords
    Use Constraints
    • While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
    Access Constraints
    • Access to this dataset is unrestricted.
    Other Constraints Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center: Natural Hazard Images Database, [event]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5154F01 [access date]
    Fees
    • Free online download
    Lineage information for: repository
    Processing Steps
    • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
    Last Modified: 2015-09-17
    For questions about the information on this page, please email: Heather.McCullough@noaa.gov