Haze lingered over the metropolitan area of Santiago, Chile, following a magnitude 8.8 earthquake on February 27, 2010. In an image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite at 14:25 UTC, black smoke hung over the northern part of the city, while light-colored haze (perhaps pollution and/or dust) covered the southern part of the city and filled a canyon that cuts eastward into the mountains. The lower image, acquired on February 23, shows the city and surroundings under clear-sky conditions.
A magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile on February 27, 2010, causing extensive damage around the capital city, Santiago, and triggering tsunami warnings around the Pacific Ocean. In the weeks that followed, several large aftershocks also occurred.