April 19, 2013
Typhoon Sonca was just beginning to weaken on April 25, 2005, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of the storm. Sonca is spinning across the Philippine Sea, heading towards Iwo Jima island south of Japan’s main island, Honshu. At the time this image was taken at 04:10 UTC, the storm’s winds were slowing from 213 kilometers per hour (132 mph) with gusts to 259 kph (161 mph) to 204 kph (127 mph) with gusts to 250 kph (155 mph). An eye is barely visible as a circular smudge in the center of the storm. The storm is predicted to continue to weaken. Credit: NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the MODIS Rapid Response team.
Topics: Environment, Typhoons, Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Weather, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Disaster Accident