From the human perspective, the busy work of tiny creatures like ants seems to move small mountains in mere days, yet our world seems to change at a relatively slow pace. So very slowly does it seem to move, that only from the bird’s eye perspective given to us by technological miracles like that of satellite imagery do we really see the alterations as we see those of the tiny creatures. Here are eleven revealing comparisons of both constructive and destructive changes.
Impossible To Forget
Unlike many of these images, the true impact of September 11th, 2001 was forced on many New Yorkers and onlookers from around the world. Yet from above, the absence of the Twin Towers remains chilling.
The Pentagon Under Fire
The impact of American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon left the building and surrounding area in a state of great emergency and shock. It was the third of four planned attacks on September 11th, 2001.
From Amusement Park to Wasteland
The New Jersey amusement park Seaside Heights was nearly reduced to a barren beach after being swept away by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Full roller coasters fell into the ocean due to the collapse of the piers.
Haitian Earthquake Refugees
The 2010 earthquake that shook Haiti took the lives of approximately 160, 000 people and destroyed 250, 000 homes. Homeless survivors can be seen taking up camp in the stadium.
Simply Washed Away
The effects of the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that rocked Japan can be seen in this image of Minamisanriku. Tragically, not only were entire cities washed away, but many of their occupants as well.
Seen here is a decade of deliberate island creation and coastal reconfiguration in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This city of immense wealth is famous for its skyscrapers and palm tree island resorts.
A Scar Across The Land
The city of Joplin in Missouri was carved in half by a 2011 tornado. The orderly grid work of the city’s neighbourhoods were scarred by the chaotic winds.
The Strip Stripped
Early satellite imagery reveals Las Vegas before it was all it would become. The city was once little more than a desert oasis, but it is now a much bigger, brighter, exciting desert oasis.
Ashes and Dust
Whole neighbourhoods in Moore, Oklahoma were brought to ruin by an EF5 tornado in 2013, that caused $2 billion in damage. It only took the tornado 37 minutes to do so.
New Orleans Under Siege
New Orleans from above before and after the disastrous Hurricane Katrina battered the ‘Big Easy’ in 2005. Pictured is the Superdome, a refuge of last resort for city occupants as the storm waged war and peeled off it’s outer coverings.
Fertilizer Factory Explosion
The West Fertilizer Company’s Waco, Texas factory was absolutely leveled by a deliberate explosion that claimed the lives of 15 and injured 160. As many as 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed in the event.