Weather Satellite Captures Image of Deadly Blast in China
"Update, 2 p.m., Aug. 12, 2015: We originally published a post celebrating the Japan Meteorological Agency’s new Himawari-8 satellite because of the stunningly beautiful images it captures day in and day out.
Wednesday, it captured something quite different: Evidence of a massive explosion in the port city of Tianjin, China, that has injured hundreds and killed dozens.
Dan Lindsey, a NOAA atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University, tweeted an image from a Himawari sensor that he says shows the deadly blast. His tweet also included a link to a video that depicts a 3-hour, 40-minute sequence beginning at 7:50 a.m. PDT Wednesday (11:50 p.m. Wednesday in Tianjin)."