Tropical Cyclone Seroja approaches Western Australia •

Last update: May 6th, 2021 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Tropical Cyclone Seroja hours before it made landfall in Western Australia on April 11, 2021.

The category 3 storm ripped through 600 miles of land, knocking down trees and damaging buildings along its southward path, according to NASA.

Seroja made landfall south of the resort town of Kalbarri, where it damaged about 70 percent of the structures. Wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour were the strongest in this region in about 50 years. 

Before arriving in Australia, Seroja was particularly destructive and devastating in Indonesia. Torrential rainfall caused flashed flooding and landslides that wiped out bridges, trees, and structures. More than 160 people were killed and 22,000 people have been displaced. 

The image was captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite. Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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