Tuesday, October 23, 2018

"Hurricane Walaka, one of the most powerful Pacific storms ever recorded, has erased an ecologically important remote northwestern island from the Hawaiian archipelago"

HCB:

Using satellite imagery, federal scientists confirmed Monday that East Island, a critical habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles, was almost entirely washed away earlier this month.

“I had a holy shit moment, thinking ‘Oh my God, it’s gone,’”

...

he knew East Island would eventually be underwater; he just thought it would take another couple decades or more for rising seas to swallow it up.

Instead, a Category 4 hurricane eliminated it overnight.