Typhoon Nepartak (25W) off Vietnam

Typhoon Nepartak killed four people in the Philippines as the storm plowed over the islands in mid-November 2003. The storm then made its way northwest, where it pummeled Vietnam. This image of the storm was captured on November 17, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite. The eye of the storm is just off the coast of Vietnam (southwest of image center), while the bands of clouds stretch over the island of Hainan and northward to the southern coast of China. The storm.s maximum sustained winds were 75 knots as of November 17, and the eye was predicted to make landfall over southern China by November 20.
Source: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Wildfire in Southernmost Vietnam

Massive smoke plumes can be seen billowing away from wildfires burning in the U Minh Ha forest, located in the southern portion of Vietnam. As of April 15, 2002, a day after this image was captured by MODIS, 6,200 acres had been burned, and firefighters were still battling the immense blazes. Forests in this area have been highly susceptible to wildfires this year due to the unusually long dry season the region has endured.
Source: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Large Wildfire in Southern Vietnam

Two large wildfires raged out of control, consuming more than 6,000 acres, in Vietnams U Minh Ha forest on April 14, 2002. Prolonged drought has parched Vietnams southern provinces, leaving them highly susceptible to wildfire outbreaks. More than 4,000 soldiers and firefighters were called in the battle the blazes. This true-color image of the fire was acquired on April 14 by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASAs Terra satellite. The red box indicates the area affected by the fire, while its immense smoke plume (greyish pixels) can be seen blowing westward over the Gulf of Thailand.
Source: Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC