Heavy Smoke Over the Sea of Okhotsk
NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of a thick blanket of smoke blowing over the Sea of Okhotsk. The smoke is a result of many forest fires burning in eastern Russia. This image was captured by NASA's Terra satellite on June 29, 2012 at 01:10 UTC (June 28, 9:10 p.m. EDT/U.S.) The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) also detected the heat signatures from the fires (in red). The heaviest smoke appears as a light brown color.
As of June 25, there were over 6,000 acres burning in the Khabarovsk Territory, according to the Russian Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergencies, and Disaster Relief. For more information on Russian fires, visit http://www.mchs.gov.ru/fire_map.php.
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Images: NASA Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team
Text: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Rob Gutro