Storm Brings 100-year Flood to Christchurch, New Zealand

By Tom Yulsman | March 5, 2014 12:14 pm
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NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of a powerful storm swirling off the coast of New Zealand on March 4. The storm has caused what has been reported as a 100-year flood in the city of Christchurch. (Source: NASA)

The satellite image above shows the powerful storm that brought gale force winds and 36 hours of heavy rainfall to New Zealand, triggering what has been described as a 100-year flood in the city of Christchurch.

The city has been beset by flooding before, as well as a devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake in 2011 that killed 185 people.

Authorities warned residents to consider the floodwaters contaminated. It’s unclear how many homes were flooded. One account puts the number at up to 100.

The storm is seen swirling off the coast of New Zealand in this 24-hour animation of MTSAT-2 images.

As more imagery and information become available, I’ll post an update.

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  • Uncle Al

    Yahweh does things in His professional capacity that in His personal capacity He loathes. Perhaps a name change to something more diverse like Buddhabodhi is in order, or Takamagahara, or maybe Pacoima.

    • Hugh Slesinger

      Yahweh? Please this has nothing to do with god regardless of any name of any city, it is called climate change.

      • Uncle Al

        It’s called “weather.” 100 years ago there was no Official “climate change” and it still flooded.

        • Hugh Slesinger

          Your so sorry…Uncle Al-bert!

  • n8chur

    Some localised flooding, but wow, glad we made it onto this site!

  • Keeping watch

    God is telling us all to wake up it is almost time for his return. If you believe in God or not the bible has the answers and in matt 24 the lord Jesus described this and more! The economic collapse is coming soon but dont take my word for it take Gods word the bible.



ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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