In Pictures: Devastating Fires in Amazon Rainforest Visible From SpaceAugust 22, 2019 11:10
On Monday afternoon, Brazil’s Sao Paulo completely plunged into darkness for about an hour as powerful winds carried the smoke from Amazon rainforest’ fire burning nearly 2,735 km away.
The wildfires spreading across the Amazon is so massive and thick that it was picked up by NASA. The wildfires can be seen from the space, according to the new images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil, has declared emergency over the forest fires. The videos and images doing rounds on social media showed vehicles driving with their headlights on.
Smoke from wildfires in the #AmazonRainforest spreads across several Brazilian states in this natural-color image taken by a @NASAEarth instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite. Although it is fire season in Brazil, the number of fires may be record-setting: https://t.co/NVQrffzntr pic.twitter.com/4JTcBz9C8f— NASA (@NASA) August 21, 2019
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that on Tuesday, the smoke had moved to the Atlantic coast. According to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the record number of fires were reported this year.
Since January, Amazon rainforest has suffered over 72,000 fires, an 84 percent increase over the same period last year. Most of the fires were reported in the Amazon region.
#PrayforAmazonia on Twitter
The Amazonia has been burning for three weeks!— geniinptn (@iampinkycat_IC) August 22, 2019
20% of the worlds oxygen
10% of the worlds species
40,000 plant species
3,000 edible fruits
Why isn’t the media covering this?#AmazonRainforest #PrayforAmazonia #PrayForTheAmazon pic.twitter.com/9ASaoA0pcW
By Sowmya Sangam