It's hard to miss the news that huge swathes of Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California are currently on fire. Extreme winds have been blowing smoke and ash across residential areas, and hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated. Footage of people driving down the 405 as the hills burn around them look like the freaking apocalypse.
If there is a group of people you'd guess are unaware of the natural disaster consuming the West Coast, it'd probably be astronauts. They've either got their eyes on the stars, or they're floating around in space, so far from Earth and all her troubles.
Actually, it turns out they have a pretty unique perspective on what's going on down here, because their cameras capture everything:
Astronauts and space stations all over the world are capturing images from the sky of how California looks right now, and it's freaking scary. The streams of smoke are covering almost the entire city and more. The pictures will make you wonder how anyone is managing to survive down there:
Burn scars and active fires in Ventura County, CA are visible in this false-color view created using data from @ESA’s Sentinel-2 satellite on Dec. 5. Active fires appear orange, while burn scars are brown. Find out more: https://t.co/MXKj2lLIPi pic.twitter.com/g7OHGAvqTd— NASA (@NASA) December 7, 2017
During an engineering flight test of the Cloud-Aerosol Multi-Angle Lidar (CAMAL) instrument, a view from @NASAArmstrong's ER-2 shows smoke plumes, from roughly 65,000 feet, produced by the #ThomasFire , around 1 p.m. PDT on December 5th, 2017. Photo Credit: Stu Broce pic.twitter.com/c6El8F0HJN— NASA Armstrong (@NASAArmstrong) December 6, 2017
Someone even tried to label all the neighborhoods, to give people a more specific idea of who was under all that ash and smoke:
Who knew this place looked even more frightening from far away.