Thick black smoke billows from a fire burning at an oil depot in western India in this photo-like image taken on October 30, 2009. The fire is marked with a red box. The fire broke out on the evening of Thursday, October 29, killing six workers and injuring 150, reported the Associated Press. The oil depot is about 16 kilometers (10 miles) south of the city of Jaipur, not visible in the image. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired the image on the morning of October 30, 2009. As of October 30, officials did not know the cause of the fire.
The large image provided above is at MODIS’ maximum resolution of 250 meters per pixel. The image is available in additional resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Reponse System.
- Associated Press. (2009, October 30). Fire at India oil depot kills 6. Accessed October 30, 2009.
NASA Earth Observatory image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.
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