Deimos-2 image shows the aftermath of a massive landslide that occurred along California’s Pacific Coast Highway, last Saturday, May 20.

The image, captured on May 28, shows the dimensions of this catastrophe that altered the coastline below Mud Creek, in the Big Sur region.

More than 1 million tons of rock and dirt fell down a saturated slope burying about a one-quarter-of-a-mile (0.40-kilometer) stretch of Highway 1, the main artery running through Big Sur. This highway was closed almost continuously since January, as a remarkably heavy winter and spring rains caused several other landslides. This one, however, was the largest by far. This region is a major tourist attraction for its picturesque groves of redwoods, beaches and the astonishing oceanside scenery.

Deimos-2 is a key tool for topographic mapping and its imagery allows to monitor surface movements and changes, supporting timely risk assessment and the detection of climate change effects. Moreover, through its 24/7 Emergency Service, Deimos Imaging is able to deliver a processed image in less than 30 minutes from its acquisition by the satellite. Thus, it can be of essential support in emergency situations and rescue operations, ensuring reliable delivery, which is key for coordination with local authorities, and offering accurate information of high quality in an accessible and user-friendly format. Deimos-2 actively supports the Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service (EMS), being the only European satellite together with Pleiades capable of providing sub-metric multispectral imagery.