Kuwait Oil Fire

Kuwait Oil Fire
  • Credit:

    NASA GSFC Landsat/LDCM EPO Team

On February 26, 1991 Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announces the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait. The Iraqi soldiers set fire to Kuwaiti oil fields during their retreat. The oil fires, as seen here in this February 22, 1991 Landsat 5 image, are spewing thick black smoke into the air.

The Landsat 5 image above was created using TM natural-color image bands 3,2 and 1. This image falls on Landsat WRS-2 Path 166 Row 39.

  • References

  • Wikipedia. 1991. Accessed May 6 2009 - external link

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  • Data Date:

    February 22, 1991
  • Visualization Date:

    July 29, 2009
  • Sensor(s):

    Landsat 5 - TM
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration