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Satellite Images Capture Toxic Red Sludge

Satellite Images captured the environmental disaster of a contaminated waste reservoir that gave way to 24.7 million cubic feet of toxic red sludge on October 4th, 2010,  killing nine people, injuring 150, forcing home evacuations and ruined property over 15 square miles.

The red sludge devastated creeks and rivers near the spill site and entered the Danube on Thursday October 7th 2010, moving downstream toward Croatia, Serbia and Romania.

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IKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image of Toxic Red Sludge – Ajka, Hungary, Kolontar Village

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The IKONOS one-meter resolution satellite image features a portion of Hungary’s toxic sludge spill east of Ajka, Hungary in the village of Kolontar. The image was taken on October 7th, 2010 and shows a close-up of the holding pond where the red mud pollution broke through the retainer wall. On the same day the image was captured authorities reported the spill had reached the Danube River, threatening to contaminate the waterway’s ecosystem. The image was collected by the IKONOS Satellite from 423 miles in space as it moved from north to south over Hungary at a speed of 4.2 miles per second.

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QuickBird (0.6m) Satellite Image of Toxic Red Sludge – Ajka, Hungary, Kolontar Village

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SPOT 5 (2.5m) Satellite Image of Reservoir in Ajka, Hungary – Before

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