Share your thoughts.

Your email address will not be published.

Traveloka needs your voice. We welcome your on-topic commentary, criticism and expertise. Comments are moderated for civility.

Hawaiian Island Vanishes Off of Map Due to Stage 5 Hurricane

East Island, a four hectare slice of sand and gravel northwest of Hawaii’s main islands, has completely disappeared from the map after being hit by a category 5 hurricane. The island sits on top of a submerged, extinct volcano and was apparently formed after the sea levels fell.

Before Hurricane
Before Hurricane

But due to the rapid sea levels rising brought about by climate change and storm surges and waves from Hurricane Walaka, the island is now completely submerged and scientists fear that neighboring islands may follow suit.

After Hurricane
After Hurricane

Despite being uninhabited by humans, East Island is a known refuge and nesting site for endangered species such as the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and the Hawaiian Monk Seal. Luckily, most of the eggs laid on the island have hatched before the hurricane struck.

East Island and its neighboring islands are located  in the largest marine reserve in the world called the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Scientists are currently monitoring the remaining islands to further assess the damage and impact on the wildlife in the area.

For more travel stories, tips and guides – make sure you follow Explore Traveloka!

Related Articles

2019’s Final Supermoon is Coming on March 21

Find out what makes this moon extra special!

Jewel Changi Airport to Open Doors by April 2019

The project cost a whopping $1.3 billion!

San Juan, La Union Says Goodbye to Coal Plants

This is a big win for the environment!

NLEX Toll Fee to Increase Effective March 20

The hike will take effect on March 20.

Updated: Complete List of DoT-Accredited Hotels in Boracay

More hotels are now allowed to operate.

Subic Gears up for 2019 Southeast Asian Games

Subic will be the venue for 17 sports.