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Natural Hazards Image Database
browse graphicPhotographs 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.

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Natural Hazards Images Database
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Natural Hazards Website
Data, products and services for natural hazards.
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Format specification: Tagged Image File Format (TIFF).
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Format specification: Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG).
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Citation Recommendation: Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center: Natural Hazard Images Database, [event]. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5154F01 [access date]


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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.