Remote Island Off Hawaii Vanishes Overnight After Major Hurricane Strike

Hawaiian Island erased by one of 2018's many Cat 5 storms

Although experts can not directly trace the shrinking of East Island to the effects of climate change, Clark said, it contributes to the strength and frequency of hurricanes like the one that overtook the island. Statement was given by Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument which shows that the Images really are the proof of the alterations which have been done to the island and it seems that the East Island is now below the water.

A tiny Hawaiian island has vanished off the face of the Earth as Hurricane Walaka swept over the stretch of sand - and drowned it forever.

In its wake, however, it seems to have caused an island to disappear.

The extent of the ecological damage and whether the island will ever return is still unknown, but about a seventh of the entire population of Hawaiian monk seals-one of the most endangered marine mammals-was born on East Island, and more than half of all Hawaiian green sea turtles-which are classified as threatened under the Endangered Species Act-had nested on it.

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Fletcher said the loss is a huge blow, and the team did not expect the island to disappear that quickly.

Honolulu Civil Beat posted satellite images on their Twitter showing the disastrous effects of the monster storm.

University of Hawaii scientist Chip Fletcher knew East Island was going to be gone one day.

According to media reports, it became known that the North island was the second largest island in the French frigate-shoals is the largest Atoll of the northwestern Hawaiian Islands the total area previously the whole island was as much as 4.5 ha.

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"It's one more chink in the wall of the network of ecosystem diversity on this planet that is being dismantled".

Hurricane Walaka, a powerful hurricane that hit Hawaii earlier this month, has wiped a Hawaiian island off of the map. Most of the turtles had already left the island by the time the storm hit. It was used for breeding monk seals, which are under threat of extinction and rare today of a green turtle.

If conditions align, an atoll would always be at a small risk of being erased by a powerful hurricane.

Randy Kosaki, a senior official for the Hawaii monument at NOAA, said that the "take-home message" is that climate change is real, and it is happening right now.

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Charles Littnan, a conservation biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told Honolulu Civil Beat: "There's no doubt that it was the most important single islet for sea turtle nesting".

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