Fires In Greece, As Seen By NASA

NASA’s earth observatory newsroom has been posting images of the tragically raging fires currently consuming the *country* of Greece for the past few days; above is an image from two days ago showing the fires and smoke paths, and the full-res version of the image on their site is *ginormous*. Today’s images from their MODIS Rapid Response System are here, and on their main Greece page you can download files for use with Google earth. NASA sez,

Deadly wildfires in southern Greece wafted thick clouds of smoke over the Mediterranean Sea in late August 2007. According to news reports from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), at least 60 people had been killed by the fires as of August 27. Hundreds of homes had been burned, and thousands of people had to evacuate, many by helicopter. The government suspects that the fires were caused by arson, and it has declared a national emergency to deal with the situation. Firefighters from more than 20 countries had arrived to help control the fires.
This image of Greece was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on August 26, and places where MODIS detected actively burning fires are outlined in red. A line of fires stretches along the western coast of Greece’s Peloponnesus Peninsula. To the northeast, a large fire is casting a plume of smoke over Athens. With its brownish tinge, the smoke pooled over the Gulf of Sirte could easily be mistaken for dust from the deserts of Libya. Dust storms often travel the other direction across the Mediterranean: from Africa to Greece.


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