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Smoke in the Gulf of Mexico

Smoke in the Gulf of Mexico

This Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) image of the Bay of Campeche, acquired January 17, 2001, shows a 300-kilometer long smoke plume streaming towards the northwest from around 19.4° North and 92° West, the location of the Akal oil field.

In the lower right (southeast) corner of the image is the country of El Salvador, site of a magnitude 7.6 earthquake on January 13, 2001.

On the Pacific side of Southern Mexico, the productive waters of the Gulf of Tehuantepec are visible.

Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE