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200 mile smoke plume from bombed pipeline in Iraq caught by satellite
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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.

For more information, contact:

David Manthos, Communications Director - SkyTruth

Mobile: 240-385-6423

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