ISS Astronauts Snap Photos Of Australian Bushfires’ Massive Ash Cloud From Space

An orphaned baby koala clings to the shoulder of a vet at a makeshift field hospital at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

Many Australian cities and towns are struggling with low air quality from bushfire smoke.

While carefully studying the pyroCb events, scientists have confirmed that the smoke is extending into the stratosphere "more than 10 miles (16 km) in altitude" before traveling "thousands of miles from its source" and "affecting atmospheric conditions globally".

The NZDF now has 116 personnel deployed to Australia including New Zealand Army engineers, environmental health and primary health teams, as well as Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters, C-130 Hercules and crew who are supporting the Australian Defence Force efforts on the bushfires. Canberra recently surpassed an Air Quality Index of 4,500 - and anything over 200 is considered hazardous.

Once was bad enough, but smelled of it The devastating forest fires in Australia will return to the country to complete a trip around the world that has had an impact on air quality all the way to South America. He expected it would improve during the day on Tuesday.

NASA mentioned plumes from the blazes are anticipated "to make not less than one full circuit across the globe".

Vast clouds of smoke from Australia's historic bush fires are expected to circle the earth and return to the country, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) says.


NASA satellites show smoke has travelled more than 6500 kilometres away from Australia, with some of it reaching Chile, where hazy skies and colourful sunsets have been reported.

These storms, usually dry thunderstorms, also generate lightning that can spark new fires.

Mike Fromm of NASA's Naval Research Laboratory said that by the agency's measures, it was "the most extreme pyrocumulonimbus storm outbreak in Australia".

"NASA satellites can show the movement of the smoke across the globe as evidenced above, but other instruments found onboard can give scientists, firefighters, health experts, local government, and others information about what is happening on the ground in real-time", NASA said.

The smoke has been tracked by satellite data used to create an ultraviolet aerosol index.

"The aerosol index values produced by some of the Australian pyroCb events have rivalled that largest values ever recorded".

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