In Pictures: Devastating Fires in Amazon Rainforest Visible From SpaceTop Stories

August 22, 2019 11:10
In Pictures: Devastating Fires in Amazon Rainforest Visible From Space

On Monday afternoon, Brazil’s Sao Paulo completely plunged into darkness for about an hour as powerful winds carried the smoke from Amazon rainforest’ fire burning nearly 2,735 km away.

The wildfires spreading across the Amazon is so massive and thick that it was picked up by NASA. The wildfires can be seen from the space, according to the new images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).   

Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil, has declared emergency over the forest fires. The videos and images doing rounds on social media showed vehicles driving with their headlights on.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that on Tuesday, the smoke had moved to the Atlantic coast. According to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the record number of fires were reported this year.

Since January, Amazon rainforest has suffered over 72,000 fires, an 84 percent increase over the same period last year. Most of the fires were reported in the Amazon region.

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By Sowmya Sangam

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