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Australia Bushfires Misleading Maps

Maps and pictures of Australia’s bushfires have spread widely on social media.australian bushfire

ANTHONY HEARSEY

People are posting them to raise awareness of the devastating fires, but some of the viral maps are misleading, spreading disinformation about the crisis.

The months-long fires have killed at least 25 people and millions of animals, and destroyed more than 2,000 houses. 

After milder weather brought brief respite last weekend, fire crews are preparing again for worsening conditions as temperatures are predicted to soar on Friday.

One image shared widely by Twitter users, was interpreted as a map showing the live extent of fire spread, with large sections of the Australian coastline molten-red and fiery.

Actually artist Anthony Hearsey’s visualisation of one month of data of locations where fire was detected, collected by Nasa’s Fire Information for Resource Management System. 

“The scale is a little exaggerated due to the render’s glow, but it is generally true to the info from the Nasa website. Also note that not all the areas are still burning, and this is a compilation,” Mr Hearsey wrote on Instagram in response to criticism by viewers that the image was misleading.

Source:BBC

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