Japanese island disappeared without anyone noticed

A tiny island on the northeast coast of Japan is no more. Probably it is affected by heavy erosion.

The Japanese coast guard is searching for the lost island Esanbe Hanakita Kojima. Residents of the nearby village of Sarufutsu in Hokkaido, the most northern region of Japan, noticed the disappearance of the island not even on.

‘It is possible that the island disappeared due to erosion by wind and snow, ” said Tomoo Fujii of the Japan coast guard to The Asahi Shimbun.

It was writer Hiroshi Shimizu that the disappearance was recorded. He visited the region in september to write a book about ‘hidden’ islands. When he the uninhabited island is not found, he warned the villagers that 500 metres of the disappeared island living.


There is sufficient proof that the island existed. Older fishermen remember Esanbe Hanakita Kojima but stayed away because they thought that there was a reef on which their ship would crash. It also comes on a list of thirty years ago, which states that it is one and a half metres above sea level was.

The area is also Russia’s very sought after. Therefore, the island got together with 157 other uninhabited islands in 2014, a name of the Japanese government to the area to claim it. If Esanbe Hanakita Kojima really has gone, lose Japan a piece of its territorial waters.

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