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Remote Hawaiian Island Washed Away by Storm

East Island, which was an 11-acre island in the French Frigate Shoals in the remote northwestern Hawaiian Islands, was almost entirely washed away in the wake of the powerful Hurricane Walaka. (YouTube/Guardian News)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:12 AM

A remote Hawaiian island was wiped out by a powerful hurricane in the eastern Pacific earlier this month, and scientists are concerned about how this will impact the endangered species that inhabited the stretch of land.

Federal scientists confirmed that East Island, which was an 11-acre island in the French Frigate Shoals in the remote northwestern Hawaiian Islands, was almost entirely washed away in the wake of the powerful Hurricane Walaka, the Honolulu Civil Beat reported.

The HuffPost confirmed that the island, which is a critical habitat for endangered species such as Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles, had been almost entirely erased.

Charles Littnan, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's protected species division, told the news outlet it would take years before scientists fully understood the impact this would have on the species that inhabited the island.

He noted it was "not surprising" considering the hurricane activity in the area, with raised sea levels already stressing the delicate ecosystem of the island.

"The probability of occurrences like this goes up with climate change," he said.

Littnan told the Honolulu Civil Beat that species were resilient up to a point, "but there could be a point in the future where that resilience isn't enough anymore."

Chip Fletcher, a University of Hawaii climate scientist said the incident was
"one more chink in the wall of the network of ecosystem diversity on this planet that is being dismantled."

Meanwhile, there has been a notable shift in opinions regarding climate change in North Carolina among Republicans following Hurricane Florence.

An Elon University survey taken in early October showed that 37 percent of respondents now say global warming is "very likely" to impact the state's coastal communities in the next 50 years, compared to 13 percent who felt that way in 2017.

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