Past Posts

2021 Flaring Numbers Published

2021 Flaring Numbers Published

By Tamara Sparks EOG has posted our annual 2021 flaring numbers on our VNF website. Global flaring increased slightly in 2021 to 156.2 BCM from 152.6 BCM in 2020, including upstream and downstream flaring. Both upstream and downstream flaring saw a slight increase....

Blackout in Puerto Rico seen by VIIRS satellite

Blackout in Puerto Rico seen by VIIRS satellite

By Tamara Sparks The island-wide power outage caused by a fire at a power plant in Puerto Rico is visible in satellite imagery from the VIIRS day night band. Widespread loss of lighting on April 7, 2022, indicated in red, is seen across the island, although there are...

Update on Ukraine in Dark – 2022/03/05

Update on Ukraine in Dark – 2022/03/05

By David Hsu Most cities in Ukraine are still in the dark - except those in easter Ukraine near Donetsk and Luhansk in the regions under Russian control. Two noticeable clusters of new lighting surrounding Chernihiv and Bucha, suggesting Russian forces making their...

Multiple Wildfires around Bay County Florida

Multiple Wildfires around Bay County Florida

By Elijah Mt. Castle Multiple fires have been burning in Bay County Florida over the weekend. The Adkins Avenue fire started Friday in Bay County and is 35% contained having burned 841 acres. The Bertha Swamp Fire started on Friday in the neighboring Gulf County and...

VNF Detects Oil Container Explosion

VNF Detects Oil Container Explosion

By Tamara Sparks VIIRS Nightfire detected the Trinity Spirit, a floating oil production, storage, and offloading vessel, which exploded and caught fire off the coast of Nigeria early on Feb 2, 2022. The Suomi NPP satellite overpass at 00:47 UTC first detected the...

Wolf Volcano Erupts

Wolf Volcano Erupts

By Elijah Mt. Castle Wolf Volcano, the largest peak on the Galapagos Islands, has been erupting since January 6th, 2022. The volcano is 1.7 km tall and is around 1000 km from mainland South America. Ecuador's Emergency Operations Committee said there was no risk to...

Historical Fire Broke Out in Boulder

Historical Fire Broke Out in Boulder

By Feng Chi (David), Hsu and Elijah Mt. Castle The Marshall Fire in Boulder County burned more than 6,000 acres and leveled multiple subdivisions. The fire has been reported as the most destructive fire in Colorado history. One armed person has been arrested after...

Wildfires Threaten Largest Tree in the World

Wildfires Threaten Largest Tree in the World

By Elijah Mt. Castle Multiple wildfires in Sequoia National Park have burned a total of 43,375 acres. The park is home to the world's largest tree by volume, the General Sherman Tree. Sequoia trees are the largest species of trees by volume and can live to be over...