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Country Wide Power Outage in Pakistan

Country Wide Power Outage in Pakistan

By Elijah Mt. Castle and Feng Chi, Hsu Pakistan's national power grid experienced a blackout lasting 18 hours in most areas. The power failure was caused by "an engineering fault" in southern Pakistan. The fault engaged safety systems across the grid and shut down the...

Mount Etna Erupts

Mount Etna Erupts

By Elijah Mt. Castle The Sicilian volcano of Etna erupted on Dec 13th in the night. Etna is the most active volcano in Europe. The eruption does not threaten the surrounding city of Catania. The eruption produced a jet of lava an estimated 100m into the air and an ash...

A Million Hectares Burned in Bolivia

A Million Hectares Burned in Bolivia

By Elijah Mt. Castle Fire season has been devastating across the world. Bolivia has reported that 1.4 million hectares of land have been burned from forest fires this year. As of October 8th there are 57 active wildfires in the country. Bolivian officials have opened...

Creek Fire containment Date Pushed Back

Creek Fire containment Date Pushed Back

The California fire season is well underway. The Creek Fire has been burning since September 4th. The fire is now the largest single fire in California history. Over 900 structures have been damaged or destroyed and the fire has caused 45,000 people to be evacuated...

East Troublesome Fire Grows Over 100,000 Acres Overnight

East Troublesome Fire Grows Over 100,000 Acres Overnight

By Elijah Mt. Castle The East Troublesome Fire grew over 100,000 acres overnight October 21. The fire is threatening various towns and national parks in the area and is currently the fourth largest fire in Colorado History. The town of Estes Park was evacuated October...

Cameron Peak Fire in Colorado

Cameron Peak Fire in Colorado

By Joseph Hall and Elijah Mt. Castle The team at Earth Observation Group gathered this image of the Cameron Peak Fire in Larimer County, Colorado just outside of Estes Park and about 60 miles from The Payne Institute for Public Policy headquarters in Golden. Our team...

Grizzly Creek and Pine Gulch Forest Fires

Grizzly Creek and Pine Gulch Forest Fires

By Elijah Mt. Castle and Mitch Burcham The team at Earth Observation Group had gathered this image of two extremely hazardous fires only 250 miles from The Payne Institute for Public Policy headquarters in Golden, Colorado. Our team utilized VIIRS NightFire technology...

Oil Well Explosion in India

Oil Well Explosion in India

By William Helms An ongoing fire in India exploded on July 22, 2020, injuring three people. Over the last two months, Oil India Limited (OIL) has suspended operations at well number 5 of the Baghjan oil field, located in the Tinsukia district of Assam, India. Problems...