A forest fire ravaged urban areas of Valparaiso, Chile, destroying hundreds of homes and killing at least 16.
04 May 2023
13 April 2014
The fire was so intense that a big hot spot (coloured yellow, around 340K) could be seen in the Metop-A infrared at 01:55 UTC. Twelve hours later the Metop-B enhanced visible clearly showed a long smoke plume along the Chilean coast — around 560km in length.
More than 10,000 people had to be evacuated when the forest fire spread into the city. It was reportedly the worst fire the city has experienced for more than 60 years.
MODIS image showing the smoke plume , NASA Worldview
Wildfire Burns Valparaiso, Chile, NASA Earth Observatory
Fatal wildfire in Valparaiso, Chile, CIMSS Blog
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