A Japanese island disappeared and the internet is definitely blaming Godzilla

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Nov 7, 2018, 1:47 PM EST (Updated)

When an island vanishes in Japan, it has to be the doing of a reptilian behemoth millions of years old that spews atomic breath. Right?

Both scientists and just about everyone else are baffled as to why the uninhabited island of Esanbe Hankita Kojima has apparently disappeared. While they try to figure it out, there are some who already think they’ve demystified what is really behind this bizarre phenomenon: 

It has to be. What else (besides maybe Ghidorah) is huge enough and destructive enough to sink an entire island?

Kaiju of this immense size and power could, at least hypothetically, shred a small island. Anything that can smash a city like Tokyo just by casually walking through it has to be able to inflict serious damage. Godzilla’s monster stomp alone could send a micro-island like this to the sea floor if that kajillion-degree breath didn’t torch it first… 

…but maybe he was just playing a really ferocious game of badminton.

Hey, it’s possible. Every move this monster makes can shatter the earth, even if it is a killer serve. This creature does have slightly longer and more usable arms than your average T-Rex. Maybe he took a swim to cool off after that game and swiped that annoying island out of the way with his massive tail.

While the island was relatively easy to see rising above the ocean, locals and some really shocked tourists could soon be seeing this. 

The island that may or may not be Godzila’s latest victim was 1.4 meters above sea level, so while it was barely gasping for air, it was still breathing. It is possible that an island this tiny could have succumbed to the elements and worn away from erosion. Or not. 

What is really making Japan nervous is that the missing island could mean issues with territorial claims whether or not anyone — or anything — actually lives there. Esanbe Hankita Kojima was a marker of its ocean territory in an area that Russia took over shortly post-WWII. Since only waters around islands visible at high tide can be claimed, what was once a qualifying island might have now lost Japan more than just a scenic view.

But just in case even science can’t understand what happened… 

(via Comicbook.com)