Widespread power outages across Syria

October 23rd, 2013
Suomi NPP VIIRS 0.7 µm Day/Night Band images

Suomi NPP VIIRS 0.7 µm Day/Night Band images

McIDAS-V “before” (22 October 2013) and “after” (23 October 2013) night-time images of Suomi NPP VIIRS 0.7 µm Day/Night Band data (above; courtesy of William Straka, CIMSS) showed the coverage of power outages across much of Syria, caused by a rebel attack on a gas pipeline (near Damascus International Airport) that supplied the Tashrin power generating station in the southern part of the country. As can be seen in the “after” image on 23 October, full or partial power outages affected all provinces of Syria — in particular, parts of the Euphrates River valley, the northern Mediterranean coast near Latakia, and areas south of the capitol city of Damascus (map of Syria).

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