Australia’s fires are producing so much smoke that it will travel all the way around the earth and back to Australia, NASA said.
NASA said that the smoke had already travelled “halfway around Earth” last week, reaching South America, and will “make at least one full circuit around the globe, returning once again to the skies over Australia.”
The fires have devastated Australia, killing dozens of people and an estimated one billion animals, burning thousands of miles of land and creating hazardous air quality.
The effects have reached other countries, including turning the sky red and glaciers black with smoke in New Zealand and affecting sunrises and sunsets in South America.
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NASA predicts that the massive bushfires devastating Australia will produce enough smoke to make at least one full circuit around the planet and return to Australia.
NASA’s Goddard research center said that the smoke had already “travelled halfway around Earth” as of January 8, “crossing South America, turning the skies hazy and causing colorful sunrises and sunsets.”
“The smoke is expected to make at least one full circuit around the globe, returning once again to the skies over Australia.”
NASA noted that the fires in Australia are “not just causing devastation locally,” blaming the “unprecedented conditions” of “heat combined with historic dryness.”
Bushfire season began in the country in September 2019. The season has particularly intense thanks to a period of prolonged drought that helped fires spread, leading to unprecedented damage and the death of an estimated one billion animals.
The fires have killed at least 28 people and destroyed thousands of homes.
Satellite images have shown clouds of smoke from the fires drifting away from the continent:
They’re so big that they have created their own weather, in the form of giant thunderstorms that can then create new fires.
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