Mar 11, 2022 - Energy & Environment

Satellite images show the before-and-after of Queensland's devastating floods

Satellite images showing before and after heavy rains in February and March 2022 in Coolangatta, Australia. Credit: Planet Labs PBC
Satellite images showing before and after heavy rains in February and March 2022 in Coolangatta, Australia. Source: Planet Labs PBC

The flooding in Australia is so extensive it's easy to spot via satellites.

Driving the news: Planet Labs captured the transformation of the environment in and around the deluged Gold Coast city of Coolangatta, Australia, from mid-February to early March.

Zoom in: The brown shading seen in the "after" image indicates flooded areas, with sediment-filled runoff extending into the ocean.

The big picture: Scenes of flash flooding turning city streets and country streams into raging rivers have played out from Queensland, including Australia’s third-largest city of Brisbane, south to New South Wales, including Sydney.

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