An entire Hawaiian island has vanished beneath the waves

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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.

Measuring just 4.5 hectares (11 acres), the spit of sand - only half a mile long - was not big by most standards.

"It's a really powerful example of the power and potential of nature that overnight an island was washed away", Littnan said. There's no way to know at this point if East island will resurface.

There was not a single person to witness how East Island disappeared, and researches from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) only discovered the scale of the destruction from satellite images.

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Satellite images taken after the hurricane showed that it has nearly entirely vanished. He said that he felt that there would be just one more shrink for this planet to end.

"The Coastal Geology Group from the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii, is investigating the age, origin, evolution, and current status of this island, and Gin Island, to improve understanding of how they may respond to current and future sea level rise", he said at the time.

A category 5 hurricane that swept through Hawaii earlier this month appears to have wiped an entire island off the map.

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

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East Island was part of French Frigate Shoals in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and, according to the Honolulu Civil Beat, "a critical habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles". It was used for breeding monk seals, which are under threat of extinction and rare today of a green turtle.

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 causing the ocean and atmosphere to warm, making storms fiercer, while there's evidence that hurricanes are moving further north into the latitudes where East Island once lay.

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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