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Ocean temperatures record high

Date Posted: 2001-08-03

The Okinawa Prefecture Fisheries Experiment Station has discovered that the temperature of the water in the ocean has been considerably high since June in a large area around Okinawa, including Miyako and Yaeyama Islands. As of this Monday, the average temperature was found to be higher than what it was in 1998 when the high temperatures cause severe damage to coral reefs and fish farming.

Last week the Maritime Safety Agency announced that its measurements had detected a mass of seawater at abnormally high temperatures that could be a factor in the abnormal high tide in Naha area a week ago. But they added that this time the research showed that high temperatures are observed in larger area than ever before.

The water temperature at a point 18 km off the coast south of Itoman City has became increasingly high since June, and was recorded at 30.24 degrees centigrade ten meters deep, which marked the highest ever on record.

One of the reasons of high temperatures in 1998 was suspected to be the lack of typhoons. Officials assume that the ocean temperature will go down if typhoons stir up the water and cool it down.

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