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september 14, 2018 , european space agencycredit: contains modified copernicus sentinel data (2018), processed by esa, cc by-sa 3.0 igothe copernicus sentinel-1b satellite takes us over semera in northeast ethiopia. semera is a new town with a population of just over 2600 and serves as the capital of the afar region. the region spans an estimated 270 000 sq km, from close to the border with eritrea towards the capital of addis ababa. we can see the regional capital in the top right of this false-colour image, with the larger urban centre of dubti just south of the town. both are found in the great rift valley, which lies between the ethiopian plateau and the somalia plateau.the landscape of the afar region is characterised by desert shru...