Black smoke from oil fire in Kuwait

Black smoke from oil fire in Kuwait
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Black smoke from an oil fire can be seen in these true-color Terra and Aqua MODIS images from November 24, 2002. The smoke first appears as a large black smudge in Kuwait at the center of the Terra image, which was taken during its morning overpass at 7:10 UTC. Later in the morning, at 10:15 UTC, the smoke cloud had grown much larger and started thinning out as it rose higher in the air. The MODIS instruments also detected active fires, which are marked in red, in Iran (top), Iraq (upper left), and Saudi Arabia (bottom). All four countries in the image border The Persian Gulf (bottom right), which shows turquoise-blue swirls of sediment in the water.

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  • Data Date:

    November 24, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    December 15, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration