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10/12/2010 01:26 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hungary Sludge Flood PHOTOS: First Satellite Images

There have been plenty of photos from ground level, but NASA today released the first satellite images of the Hungary toxic sludge flood.

NASA describes the photos as follows:

On October 9, 2010, the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this natural-color image of the area. The top image shows a close-up of the alumina plant and closest villages. The bottom image shows the wider region.

The incident has been called "an ecological disaster" and it has forced Hungary to declare a state of emergency.

View the images from NASA's Earth Observatory below: