The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25 damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and roads, creating a large-scale humanitarian crisis in one of the most rugged parts of the world. Acting in accordance with our purpose of Seeing a better world™, DigitalGlobe collected thousands of square kilometers of high-resolution satellite imagery of the affected areas and made them freely available online to aid in the global response to this crisis.
This imagery will remain available for viewing and download via DigitalGlobe Cloud Services until approximately 3 p.m. MT on Monday, June 1, with the username “nepal” and the password “forcrisis”. Imagery will remain available for download via Amazon Web Services until the end of June. Instructions for downloading this imagery can be found here. Users who download this imagery may continue to use it under an open license for humanitarian purposes.
Those who wish to help can still contribute their efforts on Tomnod, the crowdsourcing platform that has allowed web-connected volunteers around the globe to help catalog the damage from these earthquakes. To date, more than 58,000 people have identified and tagged more than 21,000 damaged buildings and roads and areas of major destruction in Nepal, making this the second most active campaign in Tomnod history, behind the months-long search for MH370, the missing Malaysian airliner, in 2014. The aggregated results of the Nepal campaign are available on Tomnod’s Nepal Earthquake Data Portal and have been downloaded by dozens of government, private, and non-profit organizations.
In closing, we want to express our condolences to those who experienced loss as a result of this crisis, our gratitude to all those who volunteered their time and effort to this cause, and our best wishes to those who are in the process of rebuilding their lives.