Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Hawaiian island disappeared from the face of the earth after the storm

Hawaiian island disappeared from the face of the earth after the storm

At this time it remains unclear whether the island will resurface again, the media outlet notes, as an islet named Whale-Skate Island vanished from French Frigate Shoals in the 1990s and has not reappeared since.

East Island, located in the Pacific Ocean, has largely disappeared after being struck by Hurricane Walaka in early October.

A statement by the federal managers of the monument said that East Island "appears to be under water", while the neighboring Tern island had its shape altered by the hurricane.

Dr. Chip Fletcher, who captured the drone footage of the island seen in the video at the top of the page, said that it was a critical habitat for green sea turtles, monk seals, and seabirds.

A remote Hawaiian island has totally disappeared overnight - two decades before scientists predicted. Now, it's nearly entirely gone, officials confirmed using satellite imagery.

Chip Fletcher, a professor of earth sciences at the university, told Honolulu Civil Beat: "I had a holy shit moment, thinking "Oh my God, it's gone".

One of the most intense Pacific hurricanes on record at its peak, Walaka buzzed just 70 miles west of East Island as a major Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 125 mph, walloping Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

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He was the second-largest island in French Frat-shoals is the largest Atoll of the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Many of them raised their young on the island. It was used for breeding monk seals, which are under threat of extinction and rare today of a green turtle.

The French Frigate Shoals are home to the nesting grounds for 96 per cent of the threatened Hawaiian green sea turtle, more than half of which nested on East Island, according to a report from Honolulu Civil Beat.

Thankfully the turtles had already left the area for the season, so weren't hit by the storm, but may face trouble when they return.

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.

Charles Littnan, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's protected species division, told HuffPost that it will take years to assess the ramifications of the island's loss.

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