Typhoon Yutu brought winds of 178 mph and flattened neighborhoods on the islands of Tinian and Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. Commonwealth in the South Pacific Ocean. The storm has displaced hundreds of residents, damaged buildings and infrastructure, and caused massive power and water outages. On the smaller island of Tinian, which took a direct hit, most of the houses were destroyed. Damage assessments are being coordinated by the Office of the Governor, FEMA, and the American Red Cross.

When crises like this occur, DigitalGlobe is committed to supporting the humanitarian community and fulfilling Maxar’s purpose of Building a Better World by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts. As part of our Open Data Program, DigitalGlobe will publicly release data of the affected areas to support disaster response as it becomes available.

Any imagery or data distributed through the Open Data Program is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 license (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licensing allows for non-commercial use of the information, meaning it can quickly be integrated into first responder workflows with organizations like Team Rubicon, the Red Cross and other non-profits. If commercial companies are interested in using the data distributed through the Open Data Program, it can be purchased by contacting DigitalGlobe.

Pre-event imagery has been posted on our Open Data Program website. Please continue to check this site and our social media channels for updates on post-event data.

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Pre-event image of Saipan.[/caption]

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