When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites passed over Libya in late December 2014, they observed black smoke plumes emanating from an oil fire in the port city of As Sidr. Smoke first became visible to satellites on December 26, 2014. The images shown above were acquired on December 29 (upper) and December 30 (lower).
References and Related Reading
- Reuters (2014, December 31) Libya containing Es Sider oil fire but export resumption in question. Accessed December 31, 2014.
- Al Arabiya News (2014, December 30) Libya in $6 mln push to tackle oil port fires. Accessed December 31, 2014.
- Bloomberg News (2014, December 29) Fires Put Out at Three Oil Tanks at Libya’s Es Sider Port. Accessed December 31, 2014.
NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.
- Terra - MODIS
- Aqua - MODIS