The face of the Earth changed dramatically in 2013. Natural disasters, war and other human activities left geographic scars that Landsat satellites viewed from their orbits. The Landsat program uses National Aeronautic and Space Administration satellite images to monitor the Earth from space with assistance from the U.S. Geological Survey.
On Nov. 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan scourged the Philippines. On the island of Leyte, 315 kilometer- (195 mile-) per-hour winds and a deadly storm surge devastated Talcoban City. NASA’s False-color images show the extent of the destruction. In this image from 2004, vegetation shows up as red, urban areas are white and silver and bare ground is tan. Cloud shadows and water appear black.