Mumbai's Waste Fire is So Huge You Can See it From Space

By Mario Aguilar on at

This new image posted by the NASA Earth Observatory shows the devastating smoke cloud coming off the Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai, India. According to the report, the landfill handles 3,700 tonnes of waste every day, accounting for about a third of the city’s waste.

NASA sensors first detected signs of the fire last week. The above true colour image was captured by the Landsat 8. Though it’s hard to see from space, some of the piles of rubbish are a startling nine storeys high. Here’s a more zoomed out image, which makes what is a horrible urban ecological disaster look beautiful.

Mumbai's Garbage Fire Is So Huge You Can See It From Space

There’s no word on what started the fire, but as NASA notes, there are some reports that it might have been done on purpose. [NASA]