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Hurricane Irma Turned Caribbean Islands From Green To Brown

Hurricane Irma, the massive storm which devastated much of the Caribbean, literally changed the color of the islands which were impacted by the force of the wind. According to NASA Earth Observatory, satellite images taken before and after the hurricane reveal that the lush vegetation was wiped out, turning the islands from green, to brown.

The shocking images were captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite – the green “before” photo was taken on August 25 and the brown “after” image was taken after the hurricane passed by on September 10. When Irma hit the British and Virgin Islands, it was a massive Category 5, with sustained winds of 185 mph.

On the ground images of the islands reveal the depth of destruction – entire buildings are gone and trees have been stripped of leaves or blown away completely. Richard Branson, entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group, has been utilizing Twitter to post images of the aftermath of the epic storm. On Tuesday he reported that a lack of communication in the area continues to be a major problem, and noted that there is an urgent need for emergency supplies.

On Monday, the Guardian reported that the islands hit by Irma are “not fit to live on.” There are reports of wide-spread looting, rats “swarming” through homes and raw sewage creating a health hazard for people trapped on the islands.

(Image via Twitter/Branson and NASA)

Penny Eims

Penny Eims

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