Sichuan Special Report


A serious earthquake rated 7.9 shocked Wenchuan area in Sichuan, China on May 12 th ,2008. NSPO immediately programmed FORMOSAT-2 to acquire the first optical satellite image over the most devastated area. Furthermore, NSPO distributed the precious images to agencies worldwide for humanity purpose, especially in Mainland China. At the end of June, the institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Science, sent a letter to NSPO to express their sincere gratitude for the aid relief supported by NSPO. There were also agencies in Europe, USA and Japan reported that the reactivity and performance are very impressive and the data itself is very useful for like change detection after the earthquake.



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