Powerful hurricane completely destroyed a whole island in Hawaii

Katie Ramirez
October 27, 2018

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.

East Island was just over four hectares but was important ecologically. 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.

Hurricane Walaka that is now raging in the Pacific, destroyed a remote island in the North-West of Hawaii.

Thousands of animals inhabiting the island, including the endangered Hawaiian monk seals and green turtles, are expected to have been wiped out across the island.

"We've seen islands disappear in the past and re-emerge", he said.

"I had a holy s-t moment, thinking 'Oh my God, it's gone, '" Chip Fletcher, a University of Hawaii climate scientist, told Honolulu Civil Beat. As the hurricane was about to descend on the archipelago, seven researches studying endangered green sea turtles and monk seals were evacuated.

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East Island was only a half-mile long and 400 feet wide, but it was the second-largest island in the French Frigate Shoals.

"We wanted to monitor the island so we are disappointed it has gone, but on the other hand we have learned these islands are far more at risk than we thought". 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.

On Facebook, Fletcher called the event a "silent tragedy" for the French Frigate Shoals and the marine life that nested there. But climate change is warming the ocean and atmosphere, leading to more powerful and frequent storms.

But it took a big hit when the storm struck.

Randy Kosaki, deputy superintendent for research and field operations for NOAA at the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, said the inundation of the island can't be directly tied to climate change, according to the Honolulu Civil Beat.

Charles Littnan, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's protected species division, said that it'll probably take several years to determine the impact of the island's disappearance on these species' future.

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