Irma Churns Up Sediment in the Florida Keys

Satellite image showing the damage from Irma on the Florida Keys.

Detailed Description

Hurricane Irma crossed the Florida Keys the morning of September 10, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour. Besides damage done to structures on the islands, the storm also stirred the waters.

A natural color Landsat image acquired four days after the storm contrasts with an image acquired in March. The murky green-blue color is near-surface sediment churned up by strong winds. Landsat’s green band penetrates the shallow water to reveal the extent of sediment.


Image Dimensions: 1190 x 870

Date Taken:

Lat / Long: 24.634894100000 / -81.875858030000

Location Taken: FL, US