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Ocean water levels Increasing slightly

Date Posted: 2004-05-14

Ocean waters surrounding Japan are creeping up.

The phenonomen is showing a higher than normal rate, with water levels up 0.1-0.2 meters within the past 100 years. An IPCC report says the new rates are 0.9 meters higher, particularly around the Sea of Japan.

The increase is attributed to the warmer temperatures over the past 20 years. Officials report temperatures have increased 0.01 – 0.06 degrees a year. As temperatures rise, so do the waters, especially around Okinawa Levels are .10 -. 20cm higher this year.

Rising water levels may mean future damage to existing structures. In Hiroshima Prefecture there is a world heritage site, IIjima Shurime. As the waters have risen, they entered into Shurine¥s passageways, flooding them and forcing their closure to the public.

Officials say the levels will cause many damages if it continues, but nobody has ideas on how to stop the rising waters.

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