West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Damage Assessment with Pléiades

Pléiades, the very high-resolution satellite built and operated by Astrium, delivered a new image of the fertilizer plant which exploded on April 17, 2013 in West, Texas.

Astrium Services’ photo-interpreters have performed an analysis of the current situation and provided an annotated image, usable for detailed damage assessments and tracking of follow-up work.

The blast had the same power as a 2.1-magnitude earthquake, as recorded by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). As a result, dozens of homes and an apartment complex were completely destroyed. In addition, there was significant damage to a nearby middle school and nursing home.

Pléiades Satellite Image - West fertilizer plant, Texas, United States

Fertilizer plant in West, Texas after the
explosion of April 17, 2013
Image Pléiades April 22, 2013

Full Resolution Extract

Pléiades Satellite Image - West fertilizer plant, Texas, United States - Zoom

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