Flames

Oil fires in Kuwait and Iraq

7 April 1991 00:00 UTC

Flames
Flames

Occasionally some special features are visible in Meteosat images. Especially in the high resolution visible image (2.5km x 2.5km resolution at sub-satellite point) those features are best observable.

Last Updated

18 March 2022

Published on

07 April 1991

In the animations below two examples of black smoke plumes resulting from oil fires in Kuwait and Iraq are shown. The first was taken during the Gulf War in 1991, while the second was seen in early 1997.

Figure 1 shows the burning oil fields in Kuwait. A sequence of eight visible images taken in the morning. Figure 2 shows the single explosion type of fire in Iraq's mainland.

Figure 1: Meteosat-4, 7 March 1991, 08:00–12:00 UTC
Figure 1: Meteosat-4, 7 March 1991, 08:00–12:00 UTC
Figure 2: Meteosat-4, 29 January 1997, 08:00–12:00 UTC
Figure 2: Meteosat-4, 29 January 1997, 08:00–12:00 UTC