Twin glacier collapse in Tibet

30.09.2016

Giant ice avalanches caused by catastrophic glacier failures are rare events. The collapse of two neighbouring glaciers within two months – as just witnessed in Tibet – was never seen before. The timely analysis of satellite images enabled scientists to issue a warning prior to the second collapse.

DLR's radar satellite TerraSAR-X captured the first images of both avalanches on September 24, 00:29 UTC (08:29 local time)  
DLR's radar satellite TerraSAR-X captured the first images of both avalanches on September 24, 00:29 UTC (08:29 local time).
 
Image acquired by NASA's satellite ASTER on 4th October 2016.

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