Pictures are often more powerful than words and so it is as we mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

This NASA image shows Hurricane Sandy approaching the U.S. East Coast at 1:35pm Eastern Daylight Time on October 29, 2012.

 

Remember that over a dozen states were impacted by Hurricane Sandy which caused $18.75 billion in insured property losses, excluding flood insurance claims covered by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), according to estimates from ISO’s PCS unit as of January 18, 2013.

A report by Guy Carpenter titled Post Sandy: Damage Survey details observations and photos from Guy Carpenter’s 10-day on-site assessment of Sandy’s impacts for the most severely affected areas in Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

The photographs and findings document the scope and severity of damage and economic impact of Superstorm Sandy over affected regions across the Northeastern U.S., an area that produces approximately 10 percent of U.S. economic output.

And over at NOAA’s Ocean Service, you can compare aerial images of New Jersey captured shortly after Sandy passed over the Eastern Seaboard with new pictures of restored areas.

Mashable has also taken some of the most iconic photos from Hurricane Sandy and juxtaposed them with images of the same places today.

Meanwhile, the New York Times Lens blog tells of a photography exhibit and book showing the impact of the Hurricane Sandy on the city and its residents.