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  1. Indonesia:International Charter on Space and Major Disasters swings into action

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    June 7, 2006

    Saturday 27 May, a big earthquake of magnitude 6.3 shook the Yogyakarta region in the south of Java. The same day, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters was activated at the request of the German Red Cross.

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  2. Haiti- CNES coordinates satellite support

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    January 19, 2010

    The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters was activated 13 January to aid the victims of the violent earthquake that shook Port-au-Prince the day before.

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  3. Charter aids disaster-hit nations

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    November 24, 2008

    Founded in 2000 by CNES and ESA, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters regularly provides free satellite imagery to help nations organize emergency response efforts in the event of a natural disaster. For the next 6 months, CNES will be at the helm of this organization.

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  4. Satellites aid wildfire response in Israel

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    November 23, 2010

    The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters swung into action to aid emergency response to the recent wildfires in the north of Israel. CNES coordinated operations to rush satellite imagery to field teams.

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  5. Charter opens up as France takes over chair

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    October 9, 2012

    France has taken over the rotating chair of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters for the next 6 months. Its term of duty is set to be an exceptional one, since the charter will now be providing the precious aid of its space assets to all disaster-hit nations.  

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  6. Satellites come to New Zealand’s aid

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    March 7, 2011

    On 21 February, a severe earthquake hit the city of Christchurch. Satellites quickly swung into action to cover the disaster for the International Charter on Space and Natural Disasters.

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  7. Spot monitors flooding in the East

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    April 27, 2006

    Since the start of April, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters has been activated 4 times to monitor flooding in Central Europe1, Austria2, Hungary3 and Romania4. On each occasion, the Spot satellites were tasked to supply imagery.

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  8. Oil spill under close watch as charter enters 10th year

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    June 4, 2010

    Founded 10 years ago by CNES and the European Space Agency, the International Charter on Space & Major Disasters swung into action following the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in April—a reminder of its crucial role in crisis management.

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