2017 from Space

Orbital views of some the year’s top news stories, including wildfire destruction in California, Raqqa reclaimed from the Islamic State, and refugee camps in Nigeria and Bangladesh. All images provided by DigitalGlobe.

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The island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai formed in late 2014 as the result of an underwater volcanic eruption in the Tonga. This June 29 image shows the newly formed volcanic island connecting two previously separate islands.

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From August through September, a series of powerful hurricanes devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Caribbean. This Aug. 30 image shows the extensive flooding in Brookshire, Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

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On April 7, the U.S. military launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase where a chemical weapons attack was believed to have originated. This April 7 image shows damaged aircraft and infrastructure at Shayrat airfield.

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California experienced its most deadly and destructive year for wildfires on record in 2017. This Oct. 11 infrared image shows the badly burned Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa. The red patches mark what little vegetation remained after the fire.

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In October, U.S.-backed Syrian militias reclaimed the city of Raqqa, which had been the de facto capital of the Islamic State for three years. This Oct. 9 image shows Syrian forces gathered in Raqqa’s iconic Naim Square surrounded by the ruins of destroyed buildings.

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On Oct. 14, a truck bomb exploded outside a compound housing international agencies and troops in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, killing 512 people and injuring 316 — the deadliest terror attack of 2017. This Oct. 16 image shows the aftermath of the bombing, which is thought to have been carried out by al-Shabab.

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On March 10, the United Nations’ top humanitarian official called for coordinated global efforts to stem the famine that put the lives of 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria at risk. This Dec. 2 image shows the expansion of refugee and medical tents in one of the hardest-hit areas in Dikwa, Borno State, Nigeria.

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Venezuela’s yearslong economic crisis reached new lows in 2017, with major shortages of food and medicine and the seizure of all legislative powers by the country’s supreme court in March, which sparked months of violent protests across the country. This April 28 image shows the nation’s busiest port, Puerto Cabello, which has seen import traffic drop dramatically over the past few years.

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More than half a million Rohingya Muslims fled from the Rakhine state of Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh after government forces burned hundreds of their villages. This Nov. 5 image shows the Nayapara refugee camp in Bangladesh.

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On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse was visible along a path that crossed the entire continental United States for the first time since 1918. This Aug. 19 image shows an encampment of eclipse-watchers days before in Big Summit Prairie, Oregon.

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