Skip to content

FORMOSAT-2 acquires imagery of toxic sludge spill in the Hungarian village of Kolontar

Monday 4 October, a reservoir burst its banks at an alumina plant in Ajka, Hungary, releasing a flood of some 1.1 million cubic metres of toxic residues.

Kolontar, the village nearest the reservoir, was immediately engulfed by a torrent of red sludge.

Zoltan Illes, Hungary’s Secretary of State for Environmental Affairs, visited Kolontar the day after the spill, calling it an “environmental disaster”.

EADS Astrium subsidiary Spot Image tasked the FORMOSAT-2 satellite to acquire imagery of the disaster area. A first image centred on the reservoir and nearby villages arrived on 7 October, clearly showing the breached western flank of the reservoir and the extent of the spill in Kolontar.


Source SpotImage

Corporate Communications
Spot Image
Tel +33 (0)5 62 19 40 10

Explore our new satellite poster store
Découvrez notre nouvelle boutique des posters satellite