Fires and Heavy Smoke in Eastern Russia
Smoke blankets southeastern Russia in this image captured by NASA's Aqua satellite on June 25, 2012 at 03:20 UTC (June 24, 11:40pm EDT/U.S.) The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) detected the heat signatures in red. Fires are burning in the the Russian federal subject of Khabarovsk Krai. The heaviest smoke (light brown) looks like a blanket, west of the Mamiya Strait.
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, Katrina Jackson