Fires Spread Smoke over Buenos Aires

Fires Spread Smoke over Buenos Aires

23 April 2008


Fires in the floodplain of the Parana River in Argentina spilled thick smoke over the nation’s capital in mid-April 2008. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite was captured on 20 April, a day when winds were pushing the smoke south, rather than southeast over Buenos Aires. Places where MODIS detected active fires are outlined in red. Small clouds, known as “popcorn cumulus,” are scattered over the left side of the image. According to news reports, the fires were set by farmers clearing pasture for cattle. The amount of burning may have been exceptionally large because former pastures are now being used to grow soybeans, according to a news report from Bloomberg.com citing Argentina’s Interior Minister. The smoke interrupted road and air traffic, and sent many people to hospitals with respiratory distress.

AQUA
20 April 2008


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(source: earth observatory)

See also latest media report:

  • Argentine planes dump water on brush fires as winds clear drifting smoke from capital (published by www.iht.com, 22 April 2008)
  • Smoke Cloud Engulfs Argentine Capital For 5th Day (published by www.planetark.com, 21 April 2008)
  • Argentinian farmers arrested over bushfire arson (published by www.abc.net.au, 20 April 2008)
  • Argentina declares emergency over bushfire (published by www.thaindian.com, 19 April 2008)

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