Tiny is­land van­ishes

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JA­PANESE of­fi­cials have re­cently no­ticed that one of the coun­try’s is­lands off the north-east coast has van­ished.The tiny is­land was called Esanbe Hanakita Ko­jima. It was un­in­hab­ited and was likely eroded by wind and drift ice from the Sea of Okhotsk. Nor­mally, such a dis­ap­pear­ance would be unim­por­tant, but the out­ly­ing islet had some value as it was used to de­lin­eate Ja­pan’s exclusive eco­nomic zone. The Ja­panese coast guard last sur­veyed the is­land in 1987.

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