It is happening in Japan first: obliteration of the coral reefs due to global warming

70% of coral in Okinawa’s Sekiseishoko area in the Sekiseishoko area, the largest coral reef in Japan, is dead, survey shows.

A ministry official said Tuesday the result showed accelerated coral bleaching was taking place — due chiefly to rising ocean temperatures. The survey was conducted at 35 points in Sekiseishoko, located between Ishigaki and Iriomote islands in Okinawa Prefecture, last November and December.