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Smoke and flames in Australia seen by satellites

on 14 January 2020

Ferocious bushfires have been sweeping across Australia since September, fuelled by record-breaking temperatures, drought and wind. The country has always experienced fires, but this season has been horrific. A staggering 10 million hectares of land have been burned, at least 24 people have been killed and it has been reported that almost half a billion animals have perished.

The Copernicus Sentinel-3 image (see main image) shows smoke pouring from numerous fires in New South Wales on 3 January.

Another image (below), captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, shows the smoke, flames and burn scars, as seen on 31 December 2019. The large brownish areas depict burned vegetation and provide an idea of the size of the area affected by the fires here – the brown ‘strip’ running through the image has a width of approximately 50 km and stretches for at least 100 km along the Australian east coast.

More information can be found at this link

2020 01 Australia fires Image B

Images contain modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA; CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO