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Gorse fires across Ireland. Credit: NASA/GSFC, MODIS Rapid Response
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NASA satellite image of gorse fires raging across the north and west of Ireland

NASA's MODIS Rapid Response, an emergency response system that provides near real-time satellite "thermal anomaly" imagery, has captured this image of gorse fires raging across parts of the north and west of Ireland. The image was taken yesterday afternoon as strong winds and prolonged recent dry spells have driven gorse, bog, and forest fires "out of control" in Donegal, Down, Galway, Mayo and parts of Fermanagh, Monaghan and Tyrone.
NASA Goddard satellite image of Pacific as tsunami passes
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NASA issues satellite imagery of tsunami hit Sendai, Japan & Pacific

NASA has dispatched its array of Earth monitoring satellites over the Japanese mainland to capture images of the devistation caused by Friday's earthquakes and resulting tsunamis. One image, which was recorded 24 hours after the 8.9 magnitude megaquake by NASA's MODIS Rapid Response Team, shows large sections of the eastern Japanese coast still inundated with tsunami flood water. A fire, surrounded by flood water, can also be seen raging in the top centre portion of the image.