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Flood in Japan

July 5, 2018

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Record-breaking rainfall struck the western and central parts of Japan on Thursday, July 5th, 2018. The rainfall continued for several days, causing floods and landslides across the regions.

More than 100 people have died and many remain missing. Two million people were ordered to evacuate the area, across 23 prefectures. Thousands of houses have been damaged and the floods and landslides have left many roads flooded, restricting access to some affected areas. Due to the swiftly rising flood waters, some residents were left stranded in their homes and rescue efforts are ongoing.

How to get access to our imagery:

We make our disaster imagery available by two means: Planet Explorer, our online imagery browser. We provide limited access to Explorer for up to 30 days to qualified disaster volunteer organizations, humanitarian organizations, and other coordinating bodies. Explorer is continuously updated with our most recent imagery (please see map below for exact region available). To gain access to Planet's Explorer, please email In your email, please provide your name, the name of your organization, and the purpose for which you wish to use the imagery. Direct Download: We often times make a small but growing number of additional analytical imagery products available via direct download. Anyone may download these files, which will be provided "as-is", below.

Data License:

Planet imagery (whether provided via Explorer or Direct Download) is made available under a Non-Commercial, Creative Commons license, meaning they may not be used for commercial purposes. Commercial entities are licensed under the CC-BY-SA license, which requires that any derivative products that use our data also be shared under the same license. Non-commercial entities (including humanitarian organizations, intergovernmental agencies, etc.) are granted access under the CC-NC-BY license, which does not require sharing of derivative products; if however such products are shared, there is a requirement that Planet is acknowledged as an underlying source of data.

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More information will be provided as it becomes available.

A comparison of May 31st vs. July 8th, 2018 of a region heavily affected by flooding and landslides in the Hiroshima Prefecture.

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