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Hurricane ‘erases’ Hawaiian island

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East Island, a remote spit of gravel and sand that sat atop a coral reef, was wiped off the map when Hurricane Walaka surged past Hawaii recently, The Guardian has reported.

Scientists have confirmed the disappearance of the 11-acre island after comparing satellite images of the surrounding French Frigate Shoals, part of a protected marine area in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The island played an important role for wildlife, including the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and green sea turtles.

Click here to read about an island that weather conditions created in summer 2017.

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