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Dust Crossing Mediterranean from Libya to Greece

32.1N 20.0E

February 6th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Libya – February 3rd, 2013

Dust blows northeastward off the coast of Libya, from the western limit of the Gulf of Sidra (left), far over the Mediterranean to Greece (upper right). Thicker dust can also be seen by the eastern end of the Jebel Akhdar, a heavily forested, fertile upland area in northeastern Libya (right edge).

Thick Smoke Over the Balkans from Intense Wildfire Activity – September 16th, 2012

41.3N 19.5E

September 16th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Croatia – August 31st, 2012

In the summer of 2012, hundreds of fires have been registered in Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Croatia (click here for previous images). In Croatia, where fires have been burning in Istria, on Rab and Mljet islands, near Pula in the northern Adriatic and Sibenik in Dalmatia.

The fires may have been caused by human carelessness, the custom of burning trash, and farmers burning fields for crops. In the latter two cases, fires quickly may burn out of control if winds change and the fire spreads. Macedonian authorities have also accused people wishing to cover up illegal logging sites by burning land.

Dense Cloud of Smoke from Fires in Croatia – September 12th, 2012

42.3N 19.5E

September 12th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Croatia and Romania – August 30th, 2012

As Croatia experiences one its hottest summers in history fires have been spreading along the popular southern coast, affecting local tourism. Here, a thick cloud of smoke billows from the fires, reaching as far as Greece and across the Adriatic to southern Italy. Visible in the upper part of the image is the inverse S-shaped curve of the Carpathian Mountains, in Romania and other Central-Eastern European Nations.

Smoke from Fires in Croatia Spreads Across Eastern Europe – August 28th, 2012

43.8N 15.9E

August 28th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Croatia – August 26th, 2012

As Croatia experiences one its hottest summers in history fires have been spreading along the popular southern coast where thousands of tourists are on holiday. Hundreds of firefighters from all over the Balkan state arrived to defend houses around the southern coastal village of Skradin, which caught fire on Monday. The blaze spread for kilometres within half an hour. Here, smoke from the fires can be seen blowing southward over Greece, eastward across Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, and northeastward over Hungary.

Large Forest Fire Sweeping Across Island of Chios, Greece – August 23rd, 2012

38.3N 26.1E

August 23rd, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Greece – August 18th, 2012

Greek firefighters are battling a large forest fire sweeping across the eastern Aegean island of Chios, which lies north-east of the capital, Athens, off the coast of Turkey. Here, a plume of smoke from the blaze can be seen blowing southwest, reaching as far south as the island of Crete (bottom edge).

The fire began about a week ago and has been fuelled by gale force winds. Authorities said that after just two days the blaze had destroyed about 7,000 hectares (16,000 acres) of forest and farmland. Residents of nine villages and hamlets were evacuated from their homes over the weekend as the fire approached.

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