September 17, 2012 -- Blom has a longstanding history assisting Government Agencies and Local Authorities in the event of natural disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, landslides and wildfires. We fly the affected areas to capture the full scale of the disasters, and the data allows us to analyse the worst hit areas and to build a comprehensive understanding of the territories affected.
In May 2012 the Emilia Romagna region, in the middle of Pianura Padana in Northern Italy, was hit by a seismic swarm which led to a number of earthquakes, measuring upwards of 5 on the Richter scale.
Damage to the church roof is clearly visible in the imagery
Following the two earthquakes on the 19th and 28th May, Blom flew and captured 70 km² of ortho imagery at 7cm GSD, and 450 km² of 10/15cm GSD of oblique imagery. The data captured was made available for the Italian Civil Defence and Regional Government and is being used as a resource for damage estimation, rescue planning activities and clear-up operations.
The imagery was rapidly uploaded to our geoserver BlomURBEX™ in order to further facilitate immediate access to the data required by the local entities affected by the earthquake.
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