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Okinawa seawater levels rising more than 40 years

Date Posted: 2008-08-08

It’s nothing new, but Okinawa Meteorological Observatory officials say they’re somewhat concerned over the steady rise in water levels in this southern prefecture.

Ocean water levels have risen 11 centimeters over the period 1968~2007, while in Ishigaki, the water’s risen 12 centimeters. Weather officials say they’re sure “the reason is linked to global warming, causing tide levels to increase.” They caution, though, that typhoons can also cause water levels to increase, and note that Japanese sea water levels have been on the increase for more than 20 years.

The rising sea water levels were expected to taper off this week.

As a side note, the meteorological agency reports that Okinawa temperatures have increased by one degree Celsius during the same period.

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