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Japan 'loses island' amid fears it was washed away

Saturday 03/November/2018 - 08:48 AM
Sada El Balad
edited by: Basant Ahmed
A Japanese island has gone missing. Fears that the tiny uninhabited island، known as Esambe Hanakita Kojima، was washed away has prompted plans for a survey of the area، Sky News reported.

Until recently، it rose 1.4m (4.5ft) above sea level، and was visible from the very northern tip of Japan's northern Hokkaido island.

"It is not impossible that tiny islands get weathered by the elements،" a coastguard official said.

It was only officially surveyed and registered in 1987 by Japan's coastguard which was unable to confirm the island's size.

If it has disappeared، the country's territorial waters will shrink.

The disappearance of the island "may affect Japan's territorial waters a tiny bit… [but only] if you conduct precision surveys،" the official added.

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