Satellite images reveal the scale of devastation of Hurricane Irma

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Last week Digital Globe published a series of striking satellite images taken before and after Hurricane Irma. It shows a terrible scale of destruction caused by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

The imagery has been provided for a few affected areas but lets us see the scale of the damage. The landscape after Irma looks like a war zone. Torn-off roofs, damaged buildings, downed trees. Take a look at these before -> after images:

Codrington Port, Barbuda

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Credit: Digital Globe

Parham Town, Tortola

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Credit: Digital Globe

Necker Island

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Credit: Digital Globe

Key West, Florida

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Credit: Digital Globe

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

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Credit: Digital Globe

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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Credit: Digital Globe
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Aleks Buczkowski
I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.