NASA released photos showing Hurricane Irma’s destruction over the Caribbean

Image via NASA's Twitter Account

From green islands to brown, the destruction Hurricane Irma caused on Caribbean islands have been shown in pictures published by NASA.

The destructive power of the cyclone is evident in images shared by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) via their Twitter account last Monday.

The agency’s Earth Observatory took pictures of various islands, such as Barbuda, Anguilla, Cuba and the Virgin Islands following the worst of the storm.

From the images, it’s easy to see how devastating the effects were, as the colors of the islands have changed drastically.

The photographs, taken from space on 25 August and 10 September, show the before and after of the British and US Virgin Islands after the hurricane, while being a Category 5 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale with maximum winds of 295 km/h.

According to NASA, these are the first satellite images captured from space after the passage of the cyclone relatively free of clouds, which were taken from the Earth Observatory of the US space agency.