Press Release: Two Satellites Capture Evidence of Pipeline Bombing in N. Iraq
August 23, 2013, Shepherdstown, WV - A plume of black smoke from burning oil can be seen extending for miles across the Iraqi desert from a source believed to be a major pipeline bombing. On the morning of August 21, NASA's Terra Satellite detected an 85 mile-long smoke plume from the main source west of al-Kuwayur, and a smaller 20 mile-long plume near Baiji. The plume was more than 200 miles long, overshadowing Miandoab, Iran, when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead later in the day.
More hi-resolution images are available:
Terra - Detail
Terra - Region-wide (including Baghdad)
Terra - Annotated
Aqua - Region-wide
Aqua - Annotated
SkyTruth regularly monitors these and other satellite images for evidence of environmental impacts from human activity around the world. A local report indicates that oil has reached the Tigris River and threatens the water supply throughout the Salahaddin Province.
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David Manthos, Communications Director - SkyTruth