NASA’s Earth Observatory has published startling high resolution images of a fire which broke out last month at the world’s largest landfill site in Mumbai, India.
In a brief article citing a 2010 WMW article on landfill fires Adam P. Voiland science writer and social media lead for NASA Earth Observatory explains the story behind the pictures…
In January 2016, fire raged in the largest landfill in the Indian city of Mumbai.
Located in an eastern suburb, the Deonar dumping ground stretches across 132 hectares (326 acres) near Thane Creek.
It receives more than 3,700 metric tons (8.1 million pounds) of trash per day, about one-third of the city’s waste. With piles of trash that rise up to 30 meters (100 feet) tall—the equivalent of a nine-story building—the landfill has literally become a mountain of trash.
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a natural-color image (upper) of the burn scar on January 28, 2016. Smoke is streaming southwest into Baiganwadi, a neighborhood near the landfill.