Burning Fuel Depot, Tripoli

A fuel storage site in Tripoli was apparently hit by rocket fire this morning and set ablaze.  Satellite imagery taken today from NASA’s Terra satellite shows a long, black smoke plume originating at Libya’s capital and extending many miles to the west-southwest.  The Libyan government is asking for international assistance to extinguish the massive blaze.

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MODIS/Terra image, July 28, 2014. Infrared composite (Bands 7.2.1).
Detail from 7-2-1 infrared composite above. Large orange patches indicate source of exceptionally hot fire.