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Giant wildfire in Northern California blazed uncontrollably for 2 months July-September 2021

The 2021 wildfire season in the Unites States was predicted to be yet another severe one. Sadly, the prediction was right. Last year’s season was unprecedented but this year was worse due to widespread dry conditions in the western United States and record heat in June that jumpstarted the fire season one month ahead of […]


Eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily February-March 2021

On March 12, 2021, the MODIS sensors on board NASA’s Terra (top) and Aqua (middle) polar-orbiting satellites and VIIRS (bottom) on board NASA/NOAA’s Suomi/NPP satellite successively collected these true-color views of the ash plume streaming from the summit and transported eastwards. Thick volcanic ash cloud appears brown at lower altitude and white at higher altitude, […]


Saharan dust fall out over France and Europe February 2021

Three major dust events occurred in February 2021 over the Sahara. During those episodes, the right meteorological conditions were met to transport large amounts of dust over France and Europe, up to Sandinavia, which is unusual in such a short tome period. Those episodes were observed across Europe, as the sky strikingly turned orange and dust was deposited on cars and on the snowy slopes of the Pyrénées and the Alps.



Eruption of La Soufrière volcano in Saint-Vincent April 9, 2021

La Soufrière volcano in Saint-Vincent Island in the Antilles erupted April 9, 2021 at 12:45 UTC. That violent explosive eruption produced a huge ash plume that rose up to 19 km altitude. Thick ash fallout covered some areas of the island, forcing thousands of people to evacuate. The volcano kept discharging ash uninterruptedly until April […]


Sargassum near Cape Verde

Sargassum algae are historically known to populate the center of the North Atlantic subtropical gyre, off Florida. However, since 2011 their region of presence has expanded drastically. Sargassum now also proliferate in a large tropical region of the Atlantic, from the Antilles to West Africa. During the 2020 edition of the Vendée Globe race, the […]


Satellite images reveal the extent of Australia’s wildfires

Australia was hit by a catastrophic fire season with massive wildfires torching the country from September 2019 to February 2020. The devastating fires posed severe safety and environmental problems, killing at least 33 people and an estimated 1 billion animals, and destroyed thousands of buildings and millions of hectares of land. Besides damages on the […]



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