El Salvador, Central America
Orbit 34084 (ascending) Frame 265 October 27, 2001 4:27 GMT
The image shows a great part of the Republic of El Salvador.
It is the only country in Central America facing the Pacific Ocean
(see bottom left)
that does not border the Atlantic Ocean too.
It consists of a central plateau lying
between two volcanic mountain ranges that run east
to west. The highest point is Santa Ana volcano, 2,385 m
above sea level (centre left).
Here, on the nearby lake, one can see wind effects on the surface,
as detected by the SAR, which are totally absent over the other lakes in the image.
Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common in the country.
The most recent earthquake (4.4 Richter degrees) was registered in
September 2001 with epicentre near San Salvador, the
capital (bottom part of image, to the centre) , but strongest ones occurred early this year and made over 1000 victims.
Upper left: town of Santa Ana
West and North of San Salvador: volcanic craters
Bottom right: one more volcanic cone: El TablÚn
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Keywords: ESA European
Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne,
observation de la terre, earth observation,
satellite remote sensing,
teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar,
chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar,