Image of the Week: Hurricane Irma Slams Barbuda

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Hurricane Irma's full force hit the small island of Barbuda, damaging estimated 95% of structures.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.

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Hurricane Irma slammed
the Caribbean Island of

Barbuda as a Category 5
superstorm on September 6, 2017.

Wind gusts of 185 miles
per hour stripped the island’s

vegetation and destroyed
villages. An estimated

were damaged, including

its hospital,
schools, and airport.

this pair of images from
Landsat 8 show the dramatic

changes to the island. Landsat
uses shortwave-infrared,

near-infrared, and green
wavelengths to reveal the changes.

The August image shows healthy
vegetation in bright green,

but in the September image
that green looks washed out.