This entire island has vanished

1 EastIslandFlyBy Drone Pilot Kristian McDonald University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Hawaiian Island Gets Wiped Out by Hurricane Walaka

It has already been confirmed by the researchers that Hurricane Walaka has made a serious damage to the East Island that is situated in the French Frigate Shoals.

But the area that served as a home for these animals is almost gone, with only bits of sand still proving it ever existed.

A piece of the United States has been dramatically wiped off the map after an island in Hawaii was washed away by a powerful hurricane.

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

Of the 96 percent of Hawaiian green sea turtles that nest in the French Frigate Shoals, more than half nest on East Island.

A remote Hawaiian island has totally disappeared overnight - two decades before scientists predicted.

In the satellite images released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, only a tiny sliver of the island can be seen peeking out from beneath the sea.

"The probability of such events will increase with further climate change", commented climate scientist from the University of Hawaii Chip Fletcher (Chip Fletcher). He said that he felt that there would be just one more shrink for this planet to end.

The Category 3 Hurricane Walaka struck in early October bringing heavy rain and 125mph winds 70 miles west of the island.

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. It was used to breed under threat of extinction, monk seals, and rare for today is a kind of green turtle.

Important nesting grounds for threatened green sea turtles are now fully submerged after a direct hit by a powerful hurricane on one of Hawaii's largest atolls earlier this month.

"The take-home message is climate change is real and it's happening now", Randy Kosaki, NOAA's deputy superintendent of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, told Honolulu Civil Beat.

Charles Littnan, a conservation biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told Honolulu Civil Beat that "species are resilient to a point", and while they may find new breeding ground, "there could be a point in the future where that resilience isn't enough".

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