Fires in Laos, Tropical Storm Pakhar in Vietnam and Cambodia
NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image with fires in northern Laos and landfalling Tropical Storm Pakhar in Vietnam and Cambodia. The dry season in Laos is generating a lot of fires and NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of fires and smoke on April 1, 2012 at 0610 UTC (2:10 a.m. EDT). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies onboard NASA's Aqua satellite is able to detect heat signatures on the ground (fires) and they appear as red pixels. The smoke from the fires appears as a light brown color.
Also in the image is Typhoon Pakhar that made landfall on April 1 at 1200 UTC (8 a.m. EDT) in southeastern Vietnam. NASA satellites tracked its progress across Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and into the Gulf of Thailand. According to Vietnam News.com, as Pakhar made landfall it affected seven provinces including Ho Chi Minh City, with heavy rains and gusty winds. Two deaths and 10 injuries were reported. The province of Dong Nai, Bien Hoa City reported more than 700 damaged homes. Flooded streets, damaged structures and downed trees were reported throughout. For more information, visit NASA's Hurricane page: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/archives/2012/h2012_Pakhar.html
NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.