Australia:Cyclone Debbie leaves Whitsundays reefs in ruins

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A piece of coral sits above the water after being ripped up and overturned during the cyclone.

Several reefs around Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands have been destroyed or very badly damaged by Cyclone Debbie, a survey has revealed. Authorities are not sure how much of the vast Great Barrier Reef network has been killed or affected by the category-four storm and if or how long it will take to recover. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) began its study last week and they are expected to continue through the coming week. Early surveys have found popular snorkelling spot Blue Pearl Bay, near Hayman Island, and Manta Ray Bay, off Hook Island, sustained extensive damage in the cyclone….Read More