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April 30 12:00:00, 2002JPEG
Ongoing fire activity in Mexico and Central America creates a thick blanket of smoke across the region. This image was acquired on April 30, 2002, by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite.
Please note that the high-resolution scene provided here is 500 meters per pixel. For a copy of this scene at the sensor’s fullest resolution, visit the MODIS Rapidfire site.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
The burning across the Mexican and Central American landscape throughout April has continued into May. On May 22, 2002, there were still scores of fires burning in the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico.