The smoke from the ongoing bushfire crisis in Australia is expected to travel “full circuit” around the world, warned the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Using a fleet of satellites, NASA has been analysing the smoke and aerosols coming from the fires blazing in Australia.
NOAA-NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured imagery of the fires and the resultant billowing smoke cascading off the edge of Australia (NASA/FILE/MANILA BULLETIN)
“The fires in Australia are not just causing devastation locally,” NASA revealed, as the smoke is currently having a “dramatic impact” on neighbour country New Zealand, causing severe air quality issues and darkening mountaintop snow.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers in New Zealand had turned brown as a result of the bushfires’ smoke.
According to the space agency, the smoke had already travelled “halfway around Earth” as it crossed South America, turning the skies hazy and causing colourful sunrises and sunsets.
“The smoke is expected to make at least on full circuit around the globe, returning once again to the skies over Australia,” NASA added.
Australia is being ravaged by the world wildfires seen in decades since the fire began late July. At least 28 people have died nationwide, and in the state of New South Wales alone, over 3,000 homes have been damaged.source