Massive Landfill Fire in India Can Be Seen From Space

NASA pic shows how bad toxic Mumbai blaze really is
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2016 1:29 PM CST
Massive Landfill Fire in India Can Be Seen From Space
No one's sure yet what caused the blaze.   (NASA)

Residents in Mumbai are posting smog-filled photos on Twitter and dozens of schools have shut down as a fire in the Indian city's largest landfill continues to burn. In fact, the blaze (which Mashable calls a "mystery fire") in the 326-acre Deonar landfill is so big that it can be seen from space. NASA's Landsat 8 satellite captured photos of the area, which clearly show the white smoke plumes rising up from the Earth. The fire is expected to be extinguished soon, per the Times of India, but the pollution level may remain in the "very poor" category for some time because wind speed isn't great, meaning it will take longer for the pollutants to disperse. (We doubt it's hundreds of retro Atari games that are being incinerated.)

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