Image of the Week - Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

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Landsat 8 imagery shows the change in vegetation on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

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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Length: 00:00:46

Location Taken: PR, US


Hurricane Maria swept across
Puerto Rico on

September 20, 2017,
as a Category 4 hurricane,

he fifth strongest storm to
ever hit the United States.

This pair of Landsat 8
images show the large-scale

damage done to the island.
The lush green landscape

in the 2016 image is now
a faded green.

The strong winds stripped
the leaves off trees.

The forest is expected
to recover.

Future Landsat 8 data will
help monitor the changes

caused by the winds, rain,
and storm surge of the many

hurricanes in 2017.