The International Charter for Space and Major Disasters has been activated for Cyclone Debbie, which hit Queensland, Australia, yesterday.

According to the charter, the cyclone is a Category 4 storm bringing winds in excess of 263km/h, leaving one person dead and forcing 25,000 to evacuate their homes. This is believed to be the most damaging storm Queensland has experienced in the past several years.

So far, Cyclone Debbie has abated to fall to Category 2.

The International Charter helps authorized users with disaster management by pooling and delivering space data from member states’ agencies. Charter members include ESA, the US Geological Survey, the Chinese National Space Administration, JAXA, Roscomos and others.

Image courtesy of NASA.

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