Thursday, October 22, 2009

North Korea engulfed with multiple fires: NASA image

Hwang Doo-hyong in Yonghap News: Multiple fires broke out in the northeastern part of North Korea recently, sending a plume of smoke to the East Sea between the North and Japan, a picture released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Wednesday shows.

The true-color image, captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on Oct. 15, shows big plumes extending eastward and covering skies of northeastern North Korea and part of the East Sea.

"The smoke plumes blow uniformly eastward, some of the individual plumes coalescing into a single large plume over the sea," the caption of the image said. "Red outlines indicate hotspots associated with active fires, although not all the fires have visible hotspots."

North Korean media have not yet reported the fires. South Korean intelligence officials said that they were not sure about the nature of the plumes….

Shot from NASA, by way of Yonghap News

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