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In the January 30 image, it's hard to decipher North Korea from the sea.

NASA releases image of North Korea at night

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7:05 PM -

Startling new satellite imagery from NASA reveals the stark contrast between North Korea and South Korea at night.

In the image below, snapped on January 30, 2014, it's hard to decipher North Korea's borders from the sea.

"North Korea is almost completely dark compared to neighboring South Korea and China," NASA writes.

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"The darkened land appears as if it were a patch of water joining the Yellow Sea to the Sea of Japan. Its capital city, Pyongyang, appears like a small island, despite a population of 3.26 million ... the light emission from Pyongyang is equivalent to the smaller towns in South Korea."

For many of the citizens of North Korea, power-rationing has become a part of every day life.

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