An uninhabited island in Hokkaido vanished without delay: the territorial sea shrinks.

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 An uninhabited island in Hokkaido vanished without delay: the territorial sea shrinks.


Oct. 31, according to Japans Hokkaido News reported on the 31st, after observation, has been confirmed in Japans Zongguguan Ape Fucun sea area, Bibei Island recently disappeared. The news was reported by local residents to the maritime security headquarters of Otsu First District, North Sea. The headquarters said that it may be eroded by waves or currents, which will be investigated in the near future.

According to the United Nations treaties on the law of the sea, the island is defined as not even submerged by water even though the tide is high. If the Bei Bei island really disappeared, it would mean that Japans territorial waters had shrunk.

The territorial sea is determined by the number of meters in Islands. Located 500 meters away from the ape village of Fucun, the island was named by the state in 2014. It is one of 158 uninhabited islands in Japan and clearly belongs to Japan.

If the disappeared Island exists, it should be located on the upper left side of the photo (Asahi Shimbun).

Takehiko Muhara, who is responsible for the development of the surrounding sea areas, said that the island was now invisible to the naked eye from the land and that fishermen sailing in the nearby sea areas could not see it from the fishing boats. Some of the older fishermen call themselves the Showa 50s (around the 1970s), and there are islands around here.

According to the Japanese authorities, 1987 of the island was found and measured, which was 1.4 meters above the average sea level. These data are clearly recorded in maps of the Japanese chart and the National Geographic Institute.