NASA photos show Lac-Mégantic fire from space

canada.com

The intense fires in Lac-Mégantic were visible from space.

A NASA image taken from orbit the night of the conflagration shows a bright spot  amid a sea of darkness representing the Quebec town where a train carrying crude oil exploded July 6, levelling the downtown and killing at least 15 people.

The image was taken at about 3 a.m. local time using the space agency’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which detects signals such as city lights, auroras, fires and reflected moonlight.

A side-by-side comparison of the area before and during the fire highlights how big of a disaster it was.

The image on the left was taken by the same instrument on July 4, before the derailment. According to NASA, the lights aren’t as crisp in the July 6 image because of cloud cover.

lacmegantic_vir_2013185_187The pictures of Lac-Mégantic at ground level are even more stunning. Check out our just-updated gallery…

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