June 5, 2011 - Smoke from Russian fires over the Sea of Okhotsk

Smoke from Russian fires over the Sea of Okhotsk

A mass movement of smoke from Siberian fires floats over the Sea of Okhotsk, which rims the Pacific Ocean. A large cloud of smoke can be seen on the left side in this image.

NASA's Terra satellite captured this true-color image of the fires on May 31, 2011 at 01:25 UTC (9:45 p.m. EDT). The image was created from visible imagery from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard Terra. The areas of fires are identified by the red dots.

A total of 9,750 wildfires have broken out since the beginning of the 2011 wildfire season, mostly in remote parts of Siberia and the Urals, according to Russian Emergencies Ministry.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 5/31/2011
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC