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A small, uninhabited island in northern Japan may have “disappeared” after being worn away by waves, according to the country’s coast guard.
The island called Esanbehana Kita Kojima was located just 1,640 ft. from a village on the northern coast of Hokkaido before it vanished from sight, Japanese broadcaster NHK reports.
The Coast Guard reportedly went to the area to investigate following a report from local residents last month that they could no longer see the far-flung spit of land.