January 16, 2006
The MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument onboard Envisat satellite acquired this image of Typhoon Maemi over the Sea of Japan when it weakened into a tropical storm some hours after tearing into South Korea (seen in the center of the image). The typhoon hit the southern coast of the peninsula with gale winds blowing at a record 216 kilometers an hour. Media reported that at least 72 people were killed and 24 were missing by the time the storm subsided. Maemi is the Korean name for a cicada that, according to legend, chirps madly to warn of a coming typhoon. The mouth of the Yangtze River can also be seen in the bottom left part of the image spilling out sediments into the East China Sea about 23 kilometers north of Shanghai.
- Satellite: Envisat
- Instrument: MERIS
- Acquisition: 13-Sep-2003
- Orbit nr: 08030
- Center coordinates: lat. 37.28, lon. 132.07
Topics: Disaster Accident, Environment, Weather, Envisat, European Space Agency, Spaceflight, Typhoon Maemi, Typhoon, MERIS