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June 6, 2013 - Oklahoma's scarred landscape
The scar of the May 20 EF-5 tornado that leveled much of Moore, Oklahoma, is clearly visible in the false-color image above. Acquired on June 2 by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite, the image combines green, red, and infrared wavelengths of light to better distinguish between water, vegetation, bare ground, and human developments. Water is blue. Buildings and paved surfaces are blue-gray. Vegetation is red. The tornado track appears as a beige stripe running west to east across this image; the color reveals the lack of vegetation in the wake of the storm.
Additional information about this image can be found at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=81271