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US News Sky turns blood red in Indonesia

09:15  24 september  2019
09:15  24 september  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Skies over an Indonesian province turned red over the weekend, thanks to the widespread forest fires which have plagued huge parts of the country. One resident in Jambi province, who captured pictures of the sky , said the haze had "hurt her eyes and throat". Every year, fires in Indonesia create a smoky

Millions in Indonesia saw the sky turn blood red over the weekend.

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The sky over a province of Indonesia turned into dark blood red over the weekend following a surge of forest fires throughout the country. Social media users captured the smoky haze, which was caused by open burning in Indonesia.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Nearly 2,000 wildfires are burning across Indonesia , turning the sky blood red over central Sumatra and creating dense clouds of smoke that have This year’s fires are the worst in Indonesia since 2015. Officials estimate that the fires have burned more than 800,000 acres.

The skies over the Indonesian province of Jambi have been turned blood red , as the toxic haze from widespread rainforest fires continues to affect residents across the country. Blood - red haze engulfs Indonesian province as forest fires and smog worsen.

In the province of Jambi, the sky appeared to turn a reddish hue and conditions made it hard to breathe. A social media user caught the dramatic scene in a video she posted to Twitter.

a sunset in the background © Twitter "This afternoon is not night," Zuni Shofi Yatun Nisa wrote. "This is earth, not planet Mars. This is not in outer space. It's us who breathe with lungs, not with gills. We humans need clean air, not smoke."

Another user also made it clear in a video addressed to Tesla founder Elon Musk that it wasn't a footage out of Mars, but of Jambi.

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Millions in Indonesia saw the sky turn blood red over the weekend. Experts say the red skies were caused by smoke and haze from wildfires in the Pacific Rim region, which rose into the upper atmosphere. This rare phenomenon is known as the Rayleigh Scattering effect. The particles from the

Indonesia haze causes sky to turn blood red . Skies over an Indonesian province turned red over the weekend, thanks to the widespread forest fires which have

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Professor Koh Tieh Yong of the Singapore University of Social Sciences explained the BBC that the reason for the red color has to do with certain particles that are present during the haze. He said the fact that photos were taken in the afternoon also gave the appearance of the sky looking more red.

Gallery: Wildfires across the globe (Photo Services)

According to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), an European Union-based weather service that provides data on atmospheric composition, thousands of acres of ecologically important land are being burned and causing a toxic haze.

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Mark Parrington, a European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts senior scientist at the CAMS, said in a recent review of data that they are closely monitoring the intensity of the fires and smoke emitting from Indonesia.

a blurry image of a sunset: screen-shot-2019-09-23-at-10-32-23-am.png © @zunishofiyn screen-shot-2019-09-23-at-10-32-23-am.png "Approximately half of the local fire season having passed, it is clear that these fires are unusual and are causing significant concern," Parrington said. "In Indonesia, burning peat, which can smolder at low temperatures and underground, is the most significant concern as it is releasing carbon which has been stored for tens or thousands of years."

Trees and peatland are pictured during a fire in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia, September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan © Thomson Reuters Trees and peatland are pictured during a fire in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia, September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan CAMS says the air quality in the span from August 1 to September 18 of this year is thought to be "equally as poor" as the 2015 fires, which were considered to be particularly devastating for Indonesia and surrounding South Asian nations.

Much like the Amazon, the fires in Indonesia have been started deliberately in order to clear land for agriculture, but especially for paper and palm oil.

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