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Bush Fires Destroy Dozens of Houses in Australia’s South East

38S 147.4E

February 10th, 2014 Category: Fires VIIRS/MODISSuomi-NPP/Aqua

Australia – February 10th, 2014

Fires – Day/Night Images

Thousands of firefighters in Australia are battling wildfires across the country’s south-east which have destroyed dozens of homes and set a coal mine alight.

The worst of the fires spread in swirling winds across the state of Victoria, which faced its worst threat since the Black Saturday fires in February 2009 which killed 173 people.

The fires, which include a blaze with a front more than 24 miles long, have spread across the state and reached the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city.

Thousands of people were evacuated across the state, more than 30,000 residents spent the night without power and some rural train services were suspended. No lives have been reported lost but further losses of homes are expected.

In Kilmore, a town about 35 miles north of Melbourne, residents said the damage was “horrendous”.
Firefighters from interstate and from New Zealand joined the battle, as authorities deployed more than 200 tankers and 21 aircraft. Police are investigating nine cases of arson, which may have contributed to the 150-odd fires that have broken out in recent days.

Milder conditions have assisted fire crews but about 48 blazes in Victoria remain out of control. A fire has broken out in an open-cut coal mine in the Latrobe Valley, east of Melbourne, which is likely to take several days to control.

Source “The Telegraph”

Tropical Storm Rumbia (06W) Tracking West-northwestward – June 29th, 2013

9.7N 128.9E

June 29th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Storms AVHRRMetOp

Tropical Storm Rumbia (06W) – June 29th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Rumbia (06W) - June 29th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 06W

Tropical Storm Rumbia (06W), located approximately 301 nm east-southeastward of Manila, Philippines, has tracked west-northwestward at 11 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 10 feet.

Fires in Australia’s Northern Territory – June 17th, 2013

13.4S 130.8E

June 17th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISTerra

Australia – June 17th, 2013

Fires in the northern part of Australia’s Northern Territory, between the Van Diemen Gulf and King Sound, release plumes of smoke that blow towards the west. The coastline is framed by sediments, with a greenish phytoplankton bloom visible further offshore in the upper left quadrant.

Phytoplankton Near King Sound, Australia

16.8S 121.9E

June 12th, 2013 Category: Phytoplankton, Sediments VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Australia – June 10th, 2013

Sediments color the waters of King Sound, in north-west Australia, famous for its tides that can reach up to 11.8 m (the second biggest tides in the world, after the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia). West of the sound, a bluish green stain of phytoplankton can be seen just offshore.

Sediments and Phytoplankton by Melville Island, Australia – June 3rd, 2013

11.5S 131.1E

June 3rd, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Sediments

Australia – June 1st, 2013

Sediments cause the coastline of Australia’s Northern Territory to appear bright shades of gold and green, particularly in the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf (lower left quadrant) and the Van Diemen Gulf (upper right quadrant) between the mainland and Melville Island. A darker green and blue expanse of water west of the island may be colored as such due to phytoplankton rather than sediments. On the mainland, several plumes of smoke from fires can be seen blowing towards the west-northwest.

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