Fires and Smoke in Southeast Australia • Earth.com

Last update: December 13th, 2019 at 8:00 am

The Fires and Smoke in Southeast Australia smoke plume from  southeast Australia was 300 kilometers (186 miles) wide in places and more than 877 kilometers (545 miles) long on February 4, 2003. Fires have been burning out of control in the region for several weeks. Therefore even invading urban areas such as Canberra, the nation’s capital. This true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image was captured by the Aqua satellite.

South Australia (abbreviated as SA) is a state in the southern central part of Australia. Also It covers some of the most arid parts of the country. Therefore with a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth-largest of Australia’s states and territories by area, and fifth largest by population. It has a total of 1.7 million people, and its population is the second most highly centralised in Australia, after Western Australia, with more than 77 percent of South Australians living in the capital, Adelaide, or its environs.

Other population centres in the state are relatively small; Mount Gambier, the second largest centre, has a population of 28,684. Also Fires and Smoke in Southeast Australia happen very commonly.

Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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