When something is so large that it can be seen from space, it’s fairly safe to say that it’s a big deal. What Sandy did to the Jersey Shore officially qualifies as a big deal.

So, it was only a matter of time before someone collected satellite photos of the devastation caused by Sandy. ZeroHedge.com has gathered a number of photos to show the contrast. In the first photo, you can see the dramatic change to the New Jersey beach after Sandy left town.

Satellite Photos Show Before and After of Hurricane Sandy

Image: Weather Matrix / AccuWeather.com

Just 67 miles south of New York City is Mantoloking, NJ. According to the 2010 Census, this tiny seaside borough was home to fewer than 300 people, all who remain under a mandatory evacuation order. When that order is lifted, many of those folks may not find a home to return to.

Here’s what Mantoloking looked like before this past weekend:

Satellite Photos Show Before and After of Hurricane Sandy

And this is what that same neighborhood looks like today. Notice that the storm’s power broke through the barrier island on which Mantoloking sits, allowing the Atlantic Ocean to join with the Barnegat Bay.

Satellite Photos Show Before and After of Hurricane Sandy

Further down the New Jersey coastline is Atlantic City. On Tuesday night, the center of the massive storm made landfall very close to Atlantic City on Tuesday night around 6pm. Here’s Atlantic City’s “before” shot.

Satellite Photos Show Before and After of Hurricane Sandy

And here is what the satellites captured after the storm.

Satellite Photos Show Before and After of Hurricane Sandy

The Associated Press has also jumped on the “before and after” bandwagon

Satellite Photos Show Before and After of Hurricane Sandy

Image: AP

To see Zero Hedge’s extensive collection of before and after Jersey shore shots, click HERE.

(H/T: Zero Hedge / NOAA)