Smoke from Russian fires moves over Alaska •

Last update: November 13th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows smoke produced by raging fires across Russia that drifted nearly halfway around the world.

Fires that broke out in the Sakha province generated a smoke plume that traveled over 5,000 miles in 11 days, carrying gases and small particles known as aerosols.

By July 14, the plume had weakened south of Greenland. The fires were primarily caused by thunderstorms and human activities.

This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on July 7, 2018.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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