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  1. Hurricane Matthew: The Charter activated in 5 countries

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    October 7, 2016

    Friday October 7th, an extremely destructive and long-lived hurricane made his landfall over the United States coasts. The climatic monster wrought widespread destruction and catastrophic loss of life during its journey across the Western Atlantic, killing hundreds of peoples in Haiti. The Charter was activated in 5 countries.

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  2. Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti- CNES activates Pleiades satellites to help organize relief effort

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    October 7, 2016

    At the end of September, Hurricane Matthew swept through Martinique and Guadeloupe. The category 4 hurricane then turned towards western Haiti on Monday 3 October, with devastating effect, before pursuing its path to the United States. To task satellites to help locate and map areas hit by the hurricane, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, cofounded by CNES and ESA in 2002, was activated on several occasions to support emergency relief teams on the ground.

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