Photos: Britain's refinery inferno

Photos: Britain's refinery inferno

Summary: Satellite photos and images shot on the ground show the fire and smoke generated by Sunday's refinery explosion near London.


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    A Dec. 11, 2005, explosion at the Buncefield Oil Terminal near Hemel Hempstead, just northwest of London, injured more than 40 people and damaged nearby buildings, including those occupied by two IT firms, Northgate Information Solutions and 3Com.

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    At 11:50 a.m. Sunday in southern England, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flew over London on NASA's Terra satellite. Smoke from the refinery fire had fanned several miles south. Almost three hours later, when satellite Aqua flew over, the fire was still burning and the smoke had spread still farther. A faint diagonal line in the upper right corner of this image indicates that the image was created with data taken at two different times. The bulk of the image was acquired at 1:35 p.m., but the upper right corner is from 11:55 a.m. local time.

Topics: United Kingdom, Nasa / Space

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