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U.S. coastlines changed by Hurricane Sandy


Coastline of Bridgehampton, New York in November, 2012. The yellow arrow is pointing to the same location in both photographs (courtesy: USGS)
Coastline of Bridgehampton, New York in November, 2012. The yellow arrow is pointing to the same location in both photographs (courtesy: USGS)

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

November 17, 2012 — The USGS has released a series of images detailing coastlines on the Atlantic coast before and after Hurricane Sandy.

Coastline of Bridgehampton, New York in May, 2009. The yellow arrow is pointing to the same location in both photographs (courtesy: USGS)
Coastline of Bridgehampton, New York in May, 2009. The yellow arrow is pointing to the same location in both photographs (courtesy: USGS)

A long stretch of coastlines has been transformed by Hurricane Sandy, the USGS has announced.

The agency released several photos earlier this week, detailing dramatic coastal change from the outer banks of North Carolina to Massachusetts.

"Sandy taught us yet again that not all Cat-1 hurricanes are created equal: The superstorm's enormous fetch over the Atlantic produced storm surge and wave erosion of historic proportions," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt in a statement.

When a major weather event approaches, the USGS conducts pre and post storm analysis in an effort to improve coastal forecasting. 

The complete image library of the before-and-after Sandy pictures is available on the USGS website.

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