ibusinesslines.com November 14, 2018

A remote Hawaiian island just disappeared beneath the sea overnight

27 October 2018, 11:01 | Justin Tyler

Hurricane swallows Hawaii island whole

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

East Island, before and after being nailed by Hurricane Walaka. Another of the French Frigate Shoal islets, Whale-Skate Island, eroded until it was completely submerged in the 1990s and it has not returned.

Hurricane Walaka wiped out a small Hawaiian Island; drone footage taken prior to the hurricane shows the island when it still existed. A third of those used to live and breed on East Island.

East Island, a four hectare island, doesn't have any people but is the nesting place for endangered Hawaiian green sea turtles.

It should be noted that scientists predicted the disappearance of the island in the coming months, but the fact that he'll be gone for a few hours, no one knew.

Total submergence of the land being confirmed is received from the satellite images.

Nearly 96 percent of Hawaii's green turtle population travels to the island chain, known as the French Frigate Shoals, for safe nesting during their breeding season, according to Chip Fletcher, an earth science professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Hurricane Walaka peaked at a Category 5 storm, the most potent wind speed on the 1-5 Saffir-Simpson scale, and was the second strongest cyclone to ever to strike the Pacific region. The French Frigate Shoals researchers were studying and monitoring Hawaiian monk seals and Hawaiian green sea turtles and were due to leave the island in the middle of October.

"It's one more chink in the wall of the network of ecosystem diversity on this planet that is being dismantled". "We're going to see a lot of these stories in the years ahead, and every one will be so sad", he tweeted.

"Sea level is rising around the world, these low sandy islands become more and more vulnerable as the ocean rises", he said. Green sea turtles, which are also threatened, and seabirds such as albatrosses, which often had their young preyed upon by circling tiger sharks, also depended on the island.

Federal Agency of the U.S. National oceanic and atmospheric administration (NOAA) is now assessing how much damage the disappearance of the island may cause to the animals.

Randy Kosaki, the monument's deputy superintendent for research and field operations for NOAA, told Honolulu CB: "The take home message is climate change is real and it's happening now".

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