Environment

Storm Brings 100-year Flood to Christchurch, New Zealand

ImaGeo iconImaGeoBy Tom YulsmanMar 5, 2014 11:14 PM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of a powerful storm swirling off the coast of New Zealand on March 4. The storm has caused what has been reported as a 100-year flood in the city of Christchurch. (Source: NASA) The satellite image above shows the powerful storm that brought gale force winds and 36 hours of heavy rainfall to New Zealand, triggering what has been described as a 100-year flood in the city of Christchurch. The city has been beset by flooding before, as well as a devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake in 2011 that killed 185 people.

Police help rescue a woman trapped in her flooded house #CHCHstormpic.twitter.com/XHhs7BgM6A — Lacey Wilson (@Lacey_Wilson) March 4, 2014

Authorities warned residents to consider the floodwaters contaminated. It's unclear how many homes were flooded. One account puts the number at up to 100.

The storm is seen swirling off the coast of New Zealand in this 24-hour animation of MTSAT-2 images. As more imagery and information become available, I'll post an update.

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month
Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
1 free articleSubscribe
Want unlimited access?

Subscribe today and save 70%

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.