High tides and rising ocean levels flood homes in Marshall Islands

Residents wade through high tides that have inundated their homes along the beach

February 21, 2011 MAJURO — Extreme high tides have flooded parts of the low-lying Marshall Islands capital Majuro with a warning Sunday of worse to come because of rising sea levels. Several areas of the city were flooded Saturday and forecasters predicted more to come on Sunday evening before the current high tide levels ease. Flooding of the Marshall Islands atolls, many of which rise less than a metre (three feet) above sea level, will increase in “frequency and magnitude” in the coming years, University of Hawaii marine researcher Murray Ford said. Ford, who is studying rising sea levels in the Marshall islands, said the weekend’s extreme tides of 1.67 metres were exacerbated by La Nina, a weather phenomenon that has caused the base sea level to rise by 15 centimetres (six inches) in recent months. “As the sea level is temporarily higher as a result of La Nina and overlies long-term sea level rise, the impacts are magnified,” Ford said. “While these events happen only a handful of times a year at present they will continue to increase in both frequency and magnitude.” –AFP
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3 Responses to High tides and rising ocean levels flood homes in Marshall Islands

  1. Faenauliel says:

    You might want to check out this website: http://www.californiacoastline.org. It has amazing comparative photos of te Cali coast since about 1987! Very interesting!


  2. Katie Millington says:

    When did the marshall flood happen and does anyone know why?


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