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    Astronaut Shows Europe Devastated by Intense Drought and Wildfires (PHOTO)

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    Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station (ISS) has captured photos of the wildfires in Portugal and California, showing how those disasters looked from a height of 400 kilometers.

    German astronaut Alexander Gerst took a shocking photo of Europe after the deadly drought season, in order to show the severity of the disasters.
    From the International Space Station Gerst could see dried-out parts of central and western Europe. According to the astronaut, Portugal looked like "a mixture of dust, sand, and smoke."

    ​Over the summer, major wildfires have ravaged Greece, claiming the lives of at least 50 people. At the same time, massive fires have hit Spain, Portugal, and Sweden.

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