On April 14, a new survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found that the Great Australian Barrier Reef had suffered a catastrophic bleaching event.
The report, which has since been updated to include an assessment of the extent of damage, found that a total of 6.5 million people have been exposed to high levels of UV radiation since April 10.
More than half the affected areas were in Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Victoria, while the rest were in the Northern Territories, the Southern Highlands, the Great Southern, the Western Cape, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, South East Tasmania, the Kimberley and the Great Northern.
It is a dramatic change in a time when the Great American and Great Barrier Island were already suffering from severe coral bleaching.
But the damage to the Great Antarctic Barrier Reef was even worse.
There were a total 5.9 million people exposed to UV radiation at the time of the Great Australasian Bleaching Event, with more than 4 million of those exposed in Queensland and New South Wales.
While it is unlikely that the coral will completely recover, there are many signs of recovery, and the report also found that many of the affected communities are now able to re-establish themselves.
In addition to the bleaching, the reef was also impacted by a wave event, which occurred in early April.
Many people living in the affected regions were exposed to the waves, and more than two million people were evacuated from the affected zones.
During the storm, more than 100 people died, including 11 children, and some of those who survived were left with severe injuries.
As of late April, the number of people living on the reef had risen to 2.8 million.