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Pandora measures fire fumes over Rome
28 June 2017
While a fire at a rubbish depot was detected from space by the Copernicus Sentinel-3A and ESA's Proba-V satellites, pollutants in the plume of thick smoke were measured by instruments that will be used to validate information from the upcoming Sentinel-5 Precursor mission.
The fire broke out on 05 May in Pomezia, a town 50 km south of Rome in Italy. It burned for two days.
The smouldering rubbish, which included plastics, sent a toxic cloud into the sky forcing homes and schools in the area to be evacuated.
Image credit: ANSA - Pomezia blaze