NASA satellite map alert: One-third of Australia’s Kangaroo Island burned

Kangaroo Island, on Australia’s south coast, was once a haven full of forests and nature reserves, but it has not been spared the bushfires that have engulfed the continent,media reported. Newly shared satellite images shared by NASA show the extent of the devastation caused by the fire. Footage taken from Terra satellite shows a fire or a fire on one-third of The Kangaroo Island.

NASA satellite map alert: One-third of Australia's Kangaroo Island burned

NASA called it an “ecological tragedy” and estimated that the fire had burned 383,013 acres (155,000 hectares).

The island is home to Flinders Chase National Park and is famous for seals, whales, koalas, kangaroos and South Australia’s only wild platypus.

It is understood that the island’s forest fires caused by lightning strikes. “Ecologists in the park estimate that 25,000 kangaroos were killed in the fire, half the number of popular animals on the island,” NASA said. “

As the fire spread, the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service closed flinders Chase National Park and other protected areas around Kangaroo Island.

Photos shared by Twitter user Henry Laithwaite show that the once-green roads were left with charred trees.

NASA satellite map alert: One-third of Australia's Kangaroo Island burned