Villarrica is one of Chile's most active volcanoes, and had been showing signs of activity since the start of February, leading to close observation of the volcano in the event that a eruption occurred. It finally erupted on 3 March 2015, sending ash and lava up into the sky in a display which was reportedly seen as far as 100 km away. The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' has been activated, where the DLR/ZKI contributes with the delivery of TerraSAR-X and RapidEye data.
Heavy and long-lasting rainfall caused large-scale floods, particularly in the southern regions of Malawi. The DLR/ZKI provided the function of the Project Manager in the frame of the related Charter Call.
Wide spread rainfall associated with high rainfall amounts in the catchment areas of Shire and Zambesi rivers triggered flash floods and flooding in several areas in Southern Malawi and Mozambique. The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' has been activated for this flood event.
The first exercise of the Medical Task Force of Germany (MTF) on immediate treatment of injuries in case of emergencies has taken place between 24 and 26 October 2014, in Lehnin (Landkreis Potsdam-Mittelmark). This exercise was utilized by the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), in order to get new insights in traffic management in emergency cases and in order to test the use of terrestrial and airborne monitoring systems contributing to situational awareness.