Strong winds fuel forest fires in Mexico • Earth.com

Last update: May 28th, 2020 at 9:00 pm

Strong winds fuel forest fires in Mexico Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows where fires have burned for nearly a week in the coastal state of Guerrero, Mexico.

Due to strong winds, 23 active forest fires throughout the state have been difficult to control. In the community of El Calvario, one fire has destroyed hundreds of hectares.

This image was captured on May 9, 2019 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.Mexico (Spanish: México [ˈmexiko] (listen); Nahuatl languages: Mēxihco), officially the United Mexican States (UMS; Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos, EUM[10][11][esˈtaðos uˈniðoz mexiˈkanos] (listen), lit. Mexican United States), is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico.Covering almost 2,000,000 square kilometers (770,000 sq mi),he nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 129 million people,Mexico is the tenth most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states plus Mexico City (CDMX),which is the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the country include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana, and León.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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