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Natural Hazards Image Database
Entry ID: gov.noaa.ngdc.Hazard_Images_Database

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Abstract: Photographs 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 NCEI's Global Historical hazards databases, which provide details for these events.

Purpose: Make available damage images for research and education
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Description: Natural Hazards Images Database. Search and download images by event

Description: View Source Metadata
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: Natural Hazards Image Database
Dataset Release Date: 2012-02-01
Version: First
Data Presentation Form: imageDigital
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1886-01-01
Access Constraints Access to this dataset is unrestricted.
Use Constraints 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.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Format: TIF
Fees: Free online download

Distribution Format: JPG
Fees: Free online download
Extended Metadata Properties
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2016-04-19
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24