In the false color images captured by Japan's ALOS PALSAR radar satellite, forests show up as green, and non-forested areas show up in darker colors. As can be seen in the bottom image captured on December 8, the forests in the path of the Hurricane Richard don't show up in the same shade of green before because these forests have suffered extensive damage. Jan Meerman has included some great pics of that damage on his Hurricane Richard page: http://biological-diversity.info/Hurricane_Richard.htm. You will notice that these satellite images differ from the types of imagery you've likely seen in Google Earth. Radar images (like the ones above) have the advantage of being able to essentially see through clouds, and since Belize has remained extremely cloudy since Hurricane Richard, it's been difficult to get clear imagery of Belize from conventional optical satellites.
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