Wiley Thompson, a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army serving in Afghanistan when the quake occurred, assisted with the disaster relief efforts.
said, "As a disaster response coordinator, my goal was to get â€�the right kind of relief to the people who needed it the most at that moment."
Having access to remote sensing and field studies can help relief workers zoom in on a crisis area.
said, "You need to know where to go, so you don't spend time going to places that weren't the worst hit.
I call it the flash-to-bang.
From the first event to the first relief there, you want to minimize the time in between.
Researchers often try to deliver maps and data as soon after an earthquake as possible, but because many relief efforts evolve into long-term projects, new information can be helpful at any stage.
New maps, for instance, may reveal damaged towns that were initially missed, but where relief is still badly needed.
said, "Just because you don't have definitive information right after an earthquake doesn't mean it's not going to do you some good later."