Satellite Observes Ship Fire Off Sri Lanka

Satellite Observes Ship Fire Off Sri Lanka

On June 1, 2021, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this natural-color image of smoke streaming from a stricken cargo ship along the coast of Sri Lanka. Soon after, salvage experts attempted to move the ailing ship offshore into deeper water, but they had only towed it a short distance before the aft part of the ship sank. In this case, the Asian Disaster Reduction Center activated the charter on behalf of Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center. Partner organizations have compiled a range of remote sensing information and data relevant to the disaster that you can see here. In addition to the cargo ship fire, Sri Lanka has also recently faced serious floods and landslides due to intense monsoon rains.

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