Before and after Hurricane Walaka: Hawaii’s East Island vanishes

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A piece of the United States has been dramatically wiped off the map after an island in Hawaii was washed away by a powerful hurricane.
East Island, a remote spit of gravel and sand that sat atop a coral reef, has vanished after having this misfortune to come into contact with Hurricane Walaka, an intense storm that surged past Hawaii earlier this month.
Footage captured by Chip Fletcher shows what the island looked like before it was annihilated while satellite imagery from the US Fish and Wildlife Services shows how little was left after the hurricane
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